Parklands Nursery School

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About Parklands Nursery School

Name Parklands Nursery School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Spinney Hill Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 6DW
Phase Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 55
Local Authority WestNorthamptonshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Parents and carers we met told us how much their children enjoy coming to Parklands Nursery each day to learn.

It is easy to see why.

This is a happy school where children get off to a good start to their education. Caring, gentle staff know each child very well.

Children know that they are well cared for, and they feel safe and secure there.

Leaders want all children to achieve highly. Staff plan interesting and exciting activities so children want to learn.

They share good books with children and teach them about other cultures. Children use maps to explore the local area together. They all go on the Welly Walk and collect conkers at Bradl...augh Fields.

Children climb, ride tricycles and dig for worms in the impressive outdoor area. The lunch club is a happy time where children can chat about their families and favourite foods. All staff help children to begin to become independent young learners who will be ready for their Reception Year.

Children are well behaved, and any falling out is very rare. Staff teach them to share, listen and to take turns. Children are kind to each other.

They learn and play happily together.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The quality of education at Parklands Nursery is good. Staff plan purposeful activities for children.

Staff wisely repeat these over a number of days. This allows children to become confident and fluent in doing them. Over time, activities become more challenging.

This allows children's knowledge and skills to build up. They learn to climb in different ways and how they can fill containers to transport liquids. They compose stories about butterflies and castles, space rockets and superheroes.

Some are beginning to write letters of the alphabet. Children become ready for their next school.

Staff ensure that children develop an early love of books.

Staff choose the ones they read to children carefully. They select exciting, classic stories with lots of rhyme and rhythm, so children can join in. They read 'I Want My Potty' to encourage those still in nappies to want to be toilet trained.

We saw children keen to answer questions about the stories and want to hear more.

The school curriculum also provides many opportunities to develop children's character. Staff show them that they cannot always get things right first time.

Children learn how to solve problems, such as taking turns so everyone can have a go. They are taught about other cultures and families and the need to respect others. Staff use 'group time' to discuss with children key events in their lives, such as who has had a new baby brother or sister.

Staff teach children to listen to them and to follow instructions. Because children do this, activities are not interrupted. They pay attention.

After an activity, they help tidy up together.

Parents we met felt they were welcomed, informed and listened to. Staff are proud to work at the school, and are a close team.

They feel well supported by leaders, who are mindful of staff's workload.

Leaders are ambitious for the success of all children, regardless of their needs. They identify quickly those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Each day, staff meet the needs of these children by adapting activities, so they will achieve well. They also ensure that they support children who are learning English as an additional language. They teach them important new words and phrases.

These children learn to communicate well.

Leaders have planned training to improve the curriculum further. Not all staff know as much as they could about how children learn mathematics.

They sometimes do not teach children as much as they could about this area of learning.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff are well trained in safeguarding.

They are alert for the many warning signs that suggest a child could be being harmed. They communicate well with each other each day, and let leaders know of any concern without delay. Leaders take quick and effective action to support and help protect children.

This includes working with external agencies where this is necessary.

Parents who inspectors met feel strongly that the school helps keep their children safe.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Leaders have recognised that not all staff have a sufficiently detailed knowledge about what a typical nursery-aged child should know, or be able to do, in mathematics.

As a result, staff do not extend children's learning as much as they could in this area. This means children do not achieve exceptionally well in mathematics. Leaders have already planned training to address this.

Leaders should ensure that this training gives all staff a confident understanding of mathematical expectations for three- to four-year-olds. They need to check that staff use every opportunity to introduce children to new mathematical vocabulary, and show them how mathematics is found in everyday life. This will help children to know and remember more mathematics by the time they leave the school.

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