Milton Keynes College Little Explorers Nursery

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About Milton Keynes College Little Explorers Nursery

Name Milton Keynes College Little Explorers Nursery
Ofsted Inspections
Address Milton Keynes College, Chaffron Way, Leadenhall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK6 5LP
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority MiltonKeynes
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Children are developing ever-increasing confidence in their environment. They openly explore the space available to them and seek reassurance from familiar people when they feel uneasy.

Younger children experiment with resources, using their acquired skills to extend their experiences. Older children show high levels of intrigue and curiosity by asking questions. For example, children ask the inspector what they are doing in their nursery and what they want to play with, openly inviting others into their play.

Children are eager to learn. They show awe and wonder at new discoveries. For example, they watch the balls fa...ll through the tube and watch where they have disappeared to.

Older children share their experiences, recalling what has happened in their play. For example, pre-school children happily recall when they went on a 'bear hunt' and found pawprints. They enthusiastically discuss how 'big' the bear was and follow it up with creative play.

Children develop self-help skills throughout the nursery. Babies make choices for themselves, exploring the resources available to them and using them purposefully. For example, they drop the string of beads into the teapot, listening to the sound, and repeat the sequence independently.

Older children put on their shoes, coats and waterproof trousers to enjoy the outside area. They explain the importance of hygiene procedures, such as washing their hands before lunchtime and after toileting. Toddlers listen to instructions to find tissues so that they can have help to wipe their noses.

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

Children make close friends with their peers. Younger children play harmoniously alongside others. Older children are proud of their friendships, sharing equipment and achievements.

They are eager to learn from their peers and enthusiastically share their learning with adults.Children's communication is promoted well throughout the nursery. Babies babble excitedly, responding to staff's enthusiastic communications through gestures, expressions and vocalisation.

Toddlers learn to use simple speech patterns through repetition and gestures, increasing their ability to express their own needs. Older children use complex language to describe their play. They listen carefully to questions and have time to absorb what is asked and respond with further vocabulary to explain their findings.

Children thoroughly enjoy outside play. The learning intention for each child is mirrored successfully, inside and outside, to support their next steps in development. Staff encourage children's physical development, using the equipment and environment to strengthen core muscles and finer movements.

This helps to support their coordination and confidence to try new skills. Children use the natural environment to extend their experiences, which they may not have in their home lives.Staff are eager to develop their knowledge and skills for each child's stages of development.

They continually attend training linked to their interests, as well as any mandatory training. Management identifies staff's strengths and areas to develop. They empower staff to share their experiences and knowledge, which promotes a consistent approach to staff's practice in the nursery.

Staff are deployed effectively within the nursery. They provide children with stimulating activities and interactions. Staff know when to stand back and allow children to discover experiences for themselves.

They know the children well and recognise how they learn best. However, sometimes, staff do not make full use of the observations made of how children learn, to consistently promote their development. This sometimes has an impact on children's continued enthusiasm to play in their own way.

Children learn how to promote healthy lifestyles. Older children serve themselves, making decisions as to how much they want to eat. They are actively encouraged to try new foods to expand their tastes.

Staff have a clear knowledge of children's dietary requirements and help other children to support this, promoting their ongoing well-being. Younger children thoroughly enjoy the social aspects of meals and snacks. They also gain comfort from snuggling up with staff when they have bottle feeds.

Staff are particularly sensitive to support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) with their eating habits.Parents make positive comments about the reassuring relationships they have with staff. They receive verbal information daily about their children's achievements.

Parents know how to support their children's learning at home due to the support and suggestions made by their child's key person. Children benefit from ongoing professional relationships between staff, carers and other agencies involved in children's care. This helps to give them stability and a consistency in their care.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Staff have a robust knowledge of the procedures to keep children safe from harm. They attend regular training to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse.

Staff work cohesively with other agencies to support children's ongoing welfare. Children play in a safe and secure environment. They learn to keep themselves safe.

They gain high levels of support to test their physical capabilities, particularly in the outdoor play areas. Staff work well with children to support their understanding of hazards through outings within the community, as well as discussions throughout their play.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: nuse observations and knowledge of how individual children learn more effectively to provide further experiences, challenges and extensions to their learning.

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