Redroofs Day Nursery

Name Redroofs Day Nursery
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address 338 Spring Road, Sholing, Southampton, Hampshire, SO19 2NX
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Southampton
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

The owner has established a clear, challenging curriculum that has high expectations of all children. The highly skilled staff deliver this with real passion and support children superbly so that they meet these high expectations. Children have access to an excellent range of stimulating, engaging opportunities, indoors and outdoors. This enables all children to find something that captures their excitement for learning and helps them to explore and play wherever they are in the setting. Staff are excellent role models. They are respectful towards each other and model language that helps children understand the importance of positive social interactions. As a result, children have exceptional communication skills and behave extremely well for their age. Staff understand the importance of language and literacy and take every opportunity to include it in daily routines. Children develop a love of reading from a very young age through the clever use of familiar stories. For example, staff expertly engage children in an energetic ’bear hunt’ that allows them to develop their expressive vocabulary, while joining in the adventure. Children learn new words when they squelch through ’mud’, act out scenes and share their feelings with friends along each stage of the story.

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

Staff are highly effective in identifying children’s interests so that they can build on what children know and can do. Children benefit from effective, consistently high-quality teaching so that they make excellent progress in all areas of their learning.Children rapidly develop confidence in their own abilities when they make choices from motivating resources that capture their curiosity for learning. The outside area has a wide range of exciting textures, levels and ways to access spaces. Children are able to navigate grass slopes, which helps them to develop their balance and increase their confidence and control. Children are able to learn practical skills and knowledge about the world while caring for the guinea pigs and chickens. For example, collecting eggs and using them to make familiar meals, such as scrambled egg on toast.Children enjoy the responsibility they have for choosing which space to explore through the creative use of coloured keys they wear while playing. This means they can choose what they would like to do, check if there is space for them and negotiate with friends to swap keys or wait for their turn.Staff are especially caring towards the children, creating a secure and nurturing environment that helps new children settle very quickly. This means that children who are still in settling periods confidently play with new friends and start to develop early independence skills while playing.Children of all ages take well-managed risks in their everyday play. Young children test their balance and see how many others can join them before falling out and trying again while they play in a rocking boat.Children know how to express their feelings and manage this very well. Older children show an exceptional understanding of managing their feelings and behaviour. For example, children playing with a tablet device set the sand timer and hand it on when their turn ends. Staff guide young children sensitively to manage their feelings when disagreements arise about toys.Children develop extremely well in all areas of learning; in particular, they are articulate and confident communicators. Children are sociable and use many different opportunities to share with their friends. For example, during lunchtime, they share with each other the reason they are on the star table and why they chose the special character plate they have.The management team supports staff effectively, who are, in turn, happy in their roles. Robust supervision accurately identifies staff strengths and areas for development. Staff confidently talk about their strengths and shared with the inspector how their skills are used. One member of staff shared that she was able to change the age group she works with, to further develop her excellent nurturing character.Highly effective partnerships with parents promote robust information sharing that supports consistency in children’s learning. Parents speak very highly of the setting. The owner acts swiftly on the views of parents and uses these effectively to make improvements to the setting. For example, they have recently increased the variety of ways in which the setting communicates.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Staff understand their role in identifying vulnerable children, know what risks there are and how to take action when required. Managers have embedded robust procedures that support them effectively to identify and manage risks to children. For example, a protocol has been put in place for staff to check on children’s welfare when they are expected but have not arrived. Regular staff training and reflection on practice ensure that staff knowledge and understanding are relevant and up to date. Staff use their strong relationships with parents to understand children’s home lives as an effective part of safeguarding them.