Moordown Pre-School

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About Moordown Pre-School

Name Moordown Pre-School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Scout Hall, Victoria Park Road, Moordown, Bournemouth, BH9 2RB
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Bournemouth,ChristchurchandPoole
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Staff are approachable and friendly as they warmly welcome children and families into the pre-school. They prioritise this time to talk to parents about children's interests and their development at home.

Children explain what they have enjoyed doing with parents and grandparents. They beam with pride as they share cakes they have been baking, for example. Children have a strong sense of belonging and feel secure in their daily routines.

For instance, they independently find their name cards and know where to put their coats and lunch boxes. Children become independent and confident in their own abilities.Children well.

Staff are kind, considerate and consistently model good manners. Children follow their example and quickly learn to take turns and cooperate with others. They gladly help each other to get water for the seeds they are planting, for instance.

Staff gently guide and regularly praise children, which supports their self-esteem well.Children benefit from a broad curriculum that is based on what interests them. This includes daily fresh air and exercise to support their good health.

Children develop good physical skills as they balance, climb and skilfully steer bicycles around outdoors. They visit parks and go on walks to find out about the natural world.

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

Parents appreciate the good communication with staff and value the regular updates about children's progress.

They speak highly of the caring staff team and report that children really enjoy attending. Parents feel that the manager and staff provide effective support when children need additional help and funding.The manager and staff are ambitious about providing the best service possible for the children and families.

They work hard each day to create an exciting environment where children enjoy learning. There is a good mix of adult-guided and child-led play. However, at times, some of the adult-guided groups are too large to engage all children and develop their learning fully.

The support for children with additional needs is strong. The manager and staff seek advice from other professionals when necessary and implement plans for support. This helps all children to make the progress of which they are capable.

Staff are enthusiastic, motivate children to learn and inspire children's curiosity. Children are fascinated when they look closely at daffodils and notice the buds and stems, for example. Staff encourage them to fill pots and develop their good manipulative skills.

They eagerly explore soil, noticing the texture as staff allow them time to look at some tiny seeds and understand what they need to grow into plants. Younger children learn new words as staff talk about the 'roots' and extend their language skills by asking them about their favourite flowers.Staff support children who speak English as an additional language well.

They enable children to use their home language to support their skills in English. In addition, staff use visual aids and signing to ensure all that children become confident communicators.Children benefit greatly from opportunities to learn about their local area.

For example, they go to local shops and libraries. They get to know people in the community and find out about the jobs they do to help others. Staff skilfully encourage children to learn about other cultures so that they are able to understand the wider world.

Together with staff, the manager regularly reviews the quality of the pre-school, which promotes children's enjoyment of play and learning. Staff feel valued and enjoy working at the pre-school. They say that there is good support for their well-being.

There is a good programme of professional development and staff complete mandatory training, such as paediatric first aid. However, the manager recognises the need for staff to develop their teaching skills further, through mentoring and sharing good practice, for example.The manager forms positive partnerships with other settings that children also attend and local schools.

For example, staff share children's achievements so that there is consistency and continuity. Children move on to their future education with confidence and self-assurance.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The manager ensures that there are robust recruitment procedures in place and monitors the ongoing suitability of the team. Staff know the signs and symptoms of abuse and are secure in their understanding of the correct local procedures to follow to ensure that children are safeguarded. The manager ensures that they attend regular training to update their knowledge.

Children are well supervised at all times and learn how to play safely. For example, staff teach them to take care when they are riding bicycles so that no one is injured.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: review adult-led group activities to support all children to become engaged and develop their learning fully nextend opportunities for staff to share good practice and develop their skills further to raise the standard of teaching to a higher level.

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