Red Kite Children’s Day Nursery

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About Red Kite Children’s Day Nursery

Name Red Kite Children’s Day Nursery
Ofsted Inspections
Address Thistle Hill, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8LS
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority NorthYorkshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Children build strong bonds with staff, who are kind and friendly. Staff praise children for taking turns as they play in the sand and water play. Children's behaviour is good, and they regularly use good manners.

Staff are good role models and speak to children with respect. They value children's ideas. For example, staff listen to their views as they pretend to sell cakes.

Staff ask questions, such as 'What flavour do you think this one is?' This helps children develop their thinking skills and imagination. Staff help to extend young children's vocabulary and language skills. For example, they explain what a croissan...t is and use words, such as 'delicious' to describe them.

Staff use familiar songs and nursery rhymes with younger children to further support their speech. Children demonstrate that they have high self-esteem and confidently talk about what they are doing. For example, they proudly tell visitors about their visits to school.

Children listen intently to new information and stories, to develop their listening and attention skills. They confidently develop their imaginative skills as they create pictures with various materials and resources. Children enjoy learning and make choices as they play.

They develop a good understanding of mathematics. For example, children learn to count as they build towers with blocks. Staff encourage older children to solve problems and develop their thinking skills.

Children work out how they can remove water from the top of the sand tray, without removing the sand too. Older children develop skills in preparation for their move to school.

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

Children benefit from fresh air and exercise in the nursery's extensive and stimulating outdoor area.

Staff have recently extended opportunities for learning outdoors. They have introduced sheds with resources to support reading, literacy and mathematics. Children enjoy trips into their community.

For example, they go to the local market, on nature walks and to visit the local nursing home.Staff help children to learn about cultural events and celebrations. For example, they plan activities to help children to learn about Chinese New Year.

Staff plan days to help children to recognise and value differences in themselves and others. For example, they plan special events on World Down Syndrome Day.Staff plan an ambitious curriculum, overall, which includes activities to nurture their interests.

For example, older children enjoy learning about animal's natural habitats. Younger children play with vehicles in foam to develop their small muscles and hand-eye coordination. However, some targets planned for what children need to know next are not ambitious enough to challenge them and to ensure they progress at the highest possible level.

Nonetheless, children are confident and motivated to learn.Parents report that they are happy with the care and learning their children receive. They say that staff are supportive and good at communicating.

Parents comment that the activities for children are 'brilliant'. They have recommended the nursery to other families. Parents are kept well informed about the progress their children make.

The manager supports staff's ongoing professional development. She regularly meets and talks with staff. The manager ensures staff access regular training that has a positive impact on the outcomes for children.

For example, staff have extended their knowledge and skills to help support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). They are well qualified.Children follow instructions well as they take part in large-group activities.

For example, children listen attentively as they plant flowers in the sensory garden outdoors. Staff tell children the name of the flowers to extend their knowledge, for example 'fuchsia' and 'marigold'. Children sit well on the carpet during indoor group times.

More confident children call out the answers when staff ask questions and demonstrate their good knowledge. However, on occasion, staff do not equally encourage the quieter, less confident children to participate in planned group activities, to extend their learning further.Leaders and managers are proactive in seeking early help for children when needed.

They liaise effectively with other professionals and external agencies to ensure that all children receive the help they require. This includes children with SEND, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or those in receipt of additional funding. Overall, staff help children to make the best possible progress in relation to their individual starting points.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.There is an open and positive culture around safeguarding that puts children's interests first.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: set more ambitious targets for children's planned next steps for learning, to challenge children more and to help accelerate their progress nextend staff practices to encourage the quieter, less confident children more in large-group activities to motivate their learning more effectively.

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