Molescroft Farm Children’s Nursery

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Molescroft Farm Children’s Nursery

Name Molescroft Farm Children’s Nursery
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 November 2019
Address Molescroft Grange Farm Office, Grange Way, Beverley, HU17 9FS
Phone Number 01482534638
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Leaders and managers have a clear vision for the nursery, which sets children at the heart of everything that it does. They have high aspirations and focused plans for future development which are shared with the staff team and parents. These plans include creating an outdoor sensory garden for the youngest children and developing regular forest school sessions. Staff make good use of the farm environment where the nursery is located. They encourage children to take safe risks and place a lot of emphasis on physical activity and outdoor learning. For example, children take part in everyday routines, such as feeding the animals, collecting fresh eggs and picking fruit for their snacks and meals. The quality of teaching is consistently good and some is outstanding. For example, staff working with the youngest children provide a nurturing environment where adults really listen, watch and respond to children’s play. Staff share information with parents to help them at key times, such as toilet training. Parents speak about the good level of support that staff give to them and their children. They talk about staff going above and beyond to help their children to succeed. Children are developing positive attitudes and they behave consistently well. They cooperate with their friends and wait for their turn. Staff pick up on this and give children specific praise for good sharing. This helps to boost children’s confidence and self-esteem.

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

nStaff have developed a good range of high-quality resources for all children. Furthermore, the environment is well organised and familiar to children. This means that children can quickly and easily find what they are looking for. For example, children use pipes and stands to create ramps for the vehicles they have made. They gather other equipment, such as tape measures and number lines, to work out how far the vehicle has gone. As this play idea develops, children collect numerals from a display close by and use these to match to numbers on the number line. This supports their developing mathematical skills.nA group of parents meet each term as the Friends of Molescroft Farm to discuss the nursery plans for development and to share their ideas. Leaders and managers then plan how best this can be achieved either on a large scale or through focused support.nStaff working with two-year-old children captivate their interest and enthusiasm for stories through fun, interactive and highly motivating group sessions. Children predict which animal will come next and excitedly match their animal when they see it in the story.nChildren show that they feel safe and secure as staff welcome them at the beginning of their session. Staff develop good relationships, particularly with their key children. Children are generally well prepared as they move on to new rooms. However, sometimes they do not receive sufficient support from adultsas one session moves on to another. Consequently, they do not always understand what is expected of them.nStaff are not always fully prepared or organised sufficiently well when taking children on some outdoor activities. For example, they do not make sure that all children have sufficient clothing to keep themselves warm. This means that some children get cold and the rich and varied learning opportunities that this environment provides are sometimes lost.nChildren’s dietary requirements are fully considered when designing the daily menu. Staff gather information about children’s allergies and medical needs when children start at the nursery. This helps to ensure children’s good health is promoted at all times.nStaff attend training sessions with parents which helps to support children’s communication skills at nursery and at home. They then share what they have learned with other staff back in the nursery. This supports children with special educational needs and/or disabilities particularly well and provides children with consistency between home and nursery.nBabies’ play with blocks develops from naming colours into fun musical sessions. Staff expertly use these clues to understand what the very youngest children are thinking and what they want to do next.nStaff are well qualified in their roles and work together well. Leaders and managers recognise their individual skills and address any training needs as they arise.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.The manager, as designated safeguarding lead, has a clear understanding that the nursery must raise and report any concerns about a child’s welfare. The nursery works closely with other services and shares information appropriately. This helps to make sure that everyone involved is working together to safeguard children. The manager shares new information with staff and they regularly complete safeguarding training to ensure that they are up to date and following nursery policies and procedures.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should:nimprove preparation for focused outdoor sessions to ensure that children’s needs are consistently metnsupport all children highly effectively during changes between routines to help them understand what is expected of them.