Red Room Pre-School Annex

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About Red Room Pre-School Annex

Name Red Room Pre-School Annex
Ofsted Inspections
Address School House, High Street, Chewton Mendip, RADSTOCK, BA3 4LL
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Somerset
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children are exceptionally motivated as they explore and investigate an exciting range of opportunities in the carefully organised indoor and outdoor environments. They develop extremely positive attitudes to their play and are eager to learn. Staff have placed an extraordinary focus on ensuring that all resources are easily accessible to the children so that they are able to independently choose and lead their own learning.

Children's behaviour and manners are impeccable. They show continuous care and thoughtfulness for all their friends and have strong relationships with each other. For instance, children are more than... happy to help their friends who are struggling with tasks, and when children want to join in conversations with their friends they comment, 'excuse me', before joining the conversation.

Children build wonderful, warm relationships with staff and show high levels of confidence in social situations, such as group activities. Children show that they feel exceptionally safe and secure. Children demonstrate a love of literacy.

Older children show highly impressive literacy skills for their age. For example, they make their own number cards when copying an activity in the morning that they thoroughly enjoy. Younger children have ample opportunities to draw indoors and outdoors.

Staff are skilled at supporting children to develop key pencil skills, such as when drawing shapes and forming letters.

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

Children's independence skills are highly impressive. For instance, when children get wet outdoors, they come indoors to get their own box of spare clothes, get changed on their own and put their box back when they have finished.

They have a secure understanding of their responsibilities to look after their environment and clear away resources before moving on to the next activity.The manager creates a culture of highly reflective practice and self-evaluation, which is extremely well embedded throughout the pre-school. The highly experienced staff are exceptionally passionate about their roles and they work commendably as a team.

The manager offers a range of support and training for staff that is focused on supporting the needs of the children. For instance, recent training has supported staff to gain an even better understanding of how to support children with special educational needs.Staff develop children's mathematical development superbly well.

For instance, children are encouraged to use numbers during their play, and mathematics is weaved into all parts of the pre-school routine. Staff encourage children to use objects and toys to count out a set number. They routinely challenge and extend children's learning to include solving early addition and subtraction problems.

Highly effective partnerships with parents, the on-site school and outside professionals result in excellent continuity and progression of care and support for individual children. Parents speak extremely highly of the pre-school and the care and education their children receive.Staff ensure that older children who are moving on to school are exceptionally well prepared.

For instance, one set session a week is focused on ensuring that children have the essential skills they will need. Children develop their listening and attention skills during group games where they listen and follow instructions.Staff help children to develop an excellent understanding of healthy living.

For example, staff talk with children during mealtimes about healthy foods and the importance of different food groups such as protein and carbohydrates. Staff have recently worked closely with parents to minimise the use of one-use plastic in children's lunch boxes. Parents have taken this on board and are now using reusable containers.

Staff have a superb knowledge of how children learn and what skills they need to develop next. They plan meticulously for children's next steps. Children making outstanding progress and are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage in their learning.

Staff provide children with amazing opportunities to learn about the wider world. They teach children to respect their surroundings and everyone's differences from an early age. For example, staff use special dolls expertly during role play to help children develop an excellent understanding of other cultures and religions.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.The manager and staff have an excellent understanding of the signs and symptoms that may indicate a child is at risk of harm. They have an extremely strong knowledge of wider safeguarding concerns.

Everyone is very clear about the procedures to follow to protect children in their care, including the local authority procedures. The manager and staff talk to the children and parents about staying safe on the internet and limiting screen time. Staff undertake thorough and regular checks of the premises and resources to keep children safe and secure.

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