Sandfield Natural Play Centre


Name Sandfield Natural Play Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 13 December 2018
Address Sandfield House, Lickers Lane, Whiston, Merseyside, L35 3SR
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Knowsley
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is outstanding • Staff’s partnerships with parents are exceptional. Staff visit children and their families to get to know them before they start attending. They maintain a continuous, detailed two-way flow of information with all parents so they are consistently engaged in all aspects of children’s lives at the nursery. Parents are encouraged to attend stay-andplay sessions. Staff use these to support parents’ understanding of how to promote aspects of learning at home. • The quality of teaching is inspiring and highly motivating for all children. Staff intuitively follow children’s emerging interests and allow them to engage fully with activities to their own satisfaction. Children are consistently highly motivated and demonstrate a great love of learning. • Staff make excellent use of opportunities to help children develop their independence. Children are exceptionally resilient, trying things for themselves and not giving up when they cannot do something on their first attempt. Staff patiently wait and all children, including young children, carry out routines independently. Children are provided with a good variety of extremely nutritious home-made foods in order to fuel their bodies, giving them energy to pursue their energetic learning outdoors. • Children make rapid progress because staff have a sharp focus, for example, on communication and language. This means that children who speak English as an additional language quickly progress from using picture cards to communicate with staff, to speaking in short phrases and sentences. Staff make excellent use of other non-verbal communication methods to engage with all children.