Meadow View Childcare

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About Meadow View Childcare

Name Meadow View Childcare
Ofsted Inspections
Address 14 Great North Road, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 0PL
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

The nursery offers a welcoming outdoor environment where children are eager to learn. Children problem solve through activities.

For example, they try different ways of fitting together train track and pieces of puzzle independently. Children are kind and considerate to their peers. They take turns and listen to others when speaking during snack time.

Children have opportunities to learn about nature and are gentle with the nursery's pets. They learn about how animals move and what they eat. For example, children watch the pet tortoise eat tomatoes and explore what it means when the tortoise is hiding in its shell.
Children spend a lot of time outdoors where they can explore and exercise. They move their bodies in a range of ways through physical activities. For example, children jump from block to block in sequence, developing their balancing skills and coordination.

Children sing nursery rhymes in groups with staff. This helps to develop their vocabulary and builds on their communication and language skills. They make marks with chalks, then smudge the marks with their fingers to make patterns.

The children then use water to wash away the marks. This helps them to express their own creativity.

What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?

Staff encourage children's independence well.

They support children to peel their own fruit at snack time and encourage children to pour milk or water by themselves. Children are encouraged to tidy toys and equipment away when they have finished an activity.Children regularly practise their mathematical skills through play.

They creatively pass pipe cleaners through the hole in sieves and gain a concept of the size and shape of materials. Staff use mathematical language within play to build on these experiences. They use mathematical concepts, such as 'half' and 'more than', in conversations.

Parents are very happy with the setting. They feel supported by the nursery. Parents know the activities their children participate in on a day-to-day basis and and staff offer guidance so that parents can provide similar experiences within the home, especially outdoors.

Staff know the children well. They have a good understanding of each child's interests. Staff take time to provide exciting learning opportunities for children based around their interests.

However, staff do not always sharply focus on what children already know and can do during spontaneous play in order to extend their learning further.Managers confidently understand children's backgrounds and support the individual needs of each child. They work in partnership with external professionals to provide support for funding and transitions to school.

Children are curious and explore the environment, which supports them in gaining an understanding of the world around them. They can identify different smells and textures as they explore the flowers, sand and soil around the nursery. Staff and children take part in interesting conversations.

For example, during snack time, they talk about where fresh fruit and vegetables come from.Staff are attentive to children's needs. The key-person system supports staff to build positive relationships with the children and parents.

This helps children to gain secure attachments with staff in the nursery. Staff provide a calm and relaxing environment for children and babies to learn in. They are positive role models to children.

Staff listen to what children say and ask questions during conversations, further encouraging children's communication skills.Leaders complete regular and effective supervision with nursery staff. This results in support for the well-qualified staff team and opportunities for further training to consistently improve teaching.

Children have an understanding of what contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Older children wash their hands independently and staff remind younger children of the importance of handwashing throughout the day. Staff discuss healthy eating with children during snack times and lunchtimes.

They are served freshly cooked, nutritious meals. Staff support parents in promoting healthy eating, further supporting children's knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy.The nursery staff support children's personal, social and emotional development well.

Children make friends and respect their peers. Children are confident and engage in conversations in groups with each other. They have opportunities to express themselves in a variety of ways, such as during messy play, singing and role play.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Staff have regular safeguarding training and know the signs and indicators of abuse and neglect. They are clear on their duty to safeguard children and can clearly implement procedures in place within the setting should they have a concern about a child.

The designated safeguarding lead confidently understands her role. Staff understand the indicators of extremism and how they would report these concerns.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: help all staff to build on what children can already do to extend learning even further during spontaneous play.

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