Squirrel Lodge Nursery

Name Squirrel Lodge Nursery
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 24 October 2018
Address The Meads Community Centre, Emerald Crescent, Sittingbourne, ME10 5JL
Phone Number 01795 424153
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Summary of key findings for parents

The provision is good • The manager monitors the progress of different groups of children effectively and takes prompt action to address any gaps in their learning. • Staff are sensitive to children’s individual needs. They give praise and encouragement to promote children’s emotional well-being. • Partnerships with parents are strong. Parents comment positively on the support they receive from staff and the good progress their children are making. • Staff help all children, including those who speak English as an additional language, to develop their communication and language skills. For example, staff teach colours in children’s home languages. • Staff gather information about what children can already do on entry to the nursery and use this to help them assess children’s starting points accurately. • Children benefit from many opportunities to use their imagination and to be creative. For example, they pretend to make each other cups of tea in the home corner and create pictures using leaves collected from the garden. It is not yet outstanding because: • Occasionally, staff do not make the best use of opportunities to help children practise their early writing skills. • Information sharing with other settings that children attend is not fully developed for all children.