|Name||Right Step Nursery & kids Club|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||09 December 2019|
|Address||Ball Green Cp School, Whitfield Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT, ST6 8AJ|
|Type||Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Sessional day care|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
What is it like to attend this early years setting?
The provision is outstanding
Children flourish in this safe and secure nursery. They experience an array of stimulating activities delivered through a highly effective balance of child-initiated and adult-led play. Children are cared for by dedicated and caring staff with whom they form close and trusting relationships. Children feel emotionally secure. They settle quickly and relish every opportunity to play and have fun. Children play quietly and imaginatively with ’happy land’ figures which they skilfully handle to place on the merry go round at the pretend fair. They excitedly write and post their letters to Santa who lives in the North Pole. Children play with a purpose and the high-quality interaction from knowledgeable staff enables children to learn and develop rapidly from their starting points. Children make great strides in their language development. They boisterously sing fun songs, copying staff who use hand signs to help children with communication difficulties. Children constantly hear sounds of letters as staff model correct language, making sure they are face to face with children when they read picture book stories. Children gain excellent levels of empathy and kindness. Resources, such as a two-way mirror, enable children to instantly see the facial expression of another child. This helps children to understand how their behaviour causes another child to feel. Children develop a positive approach to a healthy lifestyle. They know they need to wash their hands after collecting eggs from the ducks living in their outdoor play area, and they grow vegetables which they eat. Children have challenging opportunities to practise their physical skills as they negotiate uneven terrain and tunnels in the outdoor play area.
What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?
nThe staff team is highly motivated and supported by a passionate provider who is also the manager. She regards staff’s well-being as a priority for them to feel valued. She empowers staff to take responsibility for delivering highly effective teaching. Staff say she gives them excellent support. The manager uses internal and external training to keep staff up to date. She supports staff with their professional development to gain qualifications.nThe manager and staff team have a tireless capacity to secure excellent partnership working with parents. They know as much as possible about the child and their family at the start. They know children’s personalities, interests and learning styles exceptionally well, which they use to enthuse children to learn and progress. Parents are invited to frequent meetings where they discuss their child’s progress with their key person and agree the next steps in their learning.nThe nursery’s special educational needs coordinator constantly engages with a wide range of professionals to seek timely intervention and support for children and their parents when it is needed. Staff use the best teaching practice toprecisely target and promote children’s communication and language. For example, staff use the ’Stoke Speaks Out’ framework to support children with speech and language delay. This helps staff to plan activities that focus on children’s listening and attention. For instance, children listen to instructions during very short activities which build on their concentration levels. Children have planned opportunities to interact with staff where there is no background noise to distract them.nChildren have lots of opportunities which increase their knowledge of mathematics and literacy. They see hand pictures to support them to count their own fingers. Older children are challenged to call out the number which follows another. Children become intrigued by the introduction of shapes hidden in ’snow’.nStaff help children to develop their independence and self-care skills, such as helping very young children to pour their own drinks. Older children visit the bathroom independently. The current curriculum theme about being healthy includes teaching children how to brush their teeth. Staff have received specific training from a health professional to ensure their practice complies with up-to-date oral hygiene guidance.nChildren are strongly supported in making the transition to school. Staff take children to the local school, where they meet staff and become familiar with the routine. School staff visit the nursery and information is shared about children’s learning and development. Staff use the same phonics teaching resources as the school and they provide homework activities for children. This cohesive approach prepares children for the next stage in their learning effectively.nParents say the nursery is ’brilliant’ and ’all staff know about my child’. They cannot identify how the nursery can improve. They say their child’s talking and counting has progressed since they started. Parents enjoy taking an active role in their child’s learning when they bring ’funky monkey’ home with his suitcase of clothes. They celebrate their child’s achievements, such as sleeping all night because funky monkey was with them and liking fruit because funky monkey eats bananas.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Staff have an acute awareness and thorough understanding of child protection procedures through relevant training. They know the different types, signs and symptoms of abuse, and the reporting procedures to follow in the event of a concern about a child or member of staff. Staff articulate a knowledge of the ’Prevent’ duty and female genital mutilation. Staff teach children how to remain safe. For example, children go for walks in the community and they learn about road safety. Risk assessments are effective. Recruitment procedures are robust. Children are protected.