Squirrels Family & Childcare Centre

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About Squirrels Family & Childcare Centre

Name Squirrels Family & Childcare Centre
Ofsted Inspections
Address Duston Community Centre, Pendle Road, NORTHAMPTON, NN5 6DT
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority WestNorthamptonshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

As they arrive at the nursery, babies smile when they see familiar staff and put their arms out to them. Toddlers and pre-school children wave goodbye to the parents at the main door. They engage in conversations with the staff as they walk to their designated room.

Staff encourage children to do things for themselves and be independent. Babies make choices about the toys they want to play with. Toddlers are learning to wipe their own noses, put used tissues in a bin and wash their own hands after.

Pre-school children put on their own coats, hats and boots to go outside. When they struggle, staff encourage them to keep... trying and praise them for their efforts. This helps to promote children's self-esteem and confidence.

Staff teach the children about how to stay safe during daily trips out of the nursery. Toddlers understand that they need to hold the hand of a member of staff as they walk to the park. Pre-school children learn to understand that they must stop, look and listen before crossing the road.

Once at the park, the staff encourage the children to run down a hill onto the playing field. They first remind children of the rules. They tell children that they should not run past a landmark, and that they need to remain in sight of the staff at all times.

Children follow these instructions and behave well.

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

Staff help children to manage their emotions and feelings well. They gently remind children of their high expectations for behaviour.

For example, encouraging children to be kind to their friends and think about the impact that their behaviour has on others. Toddlers and pre-school children are learning to handle toys and resources with care, use manners and take turns.Staff have an in-depth knowledge of the local area and families who attend the setting.

This helps them to tailor support to meet the needs of all children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Staff work closely with parents and other professionals, such as occupational therapists and speech therapists, to plan and implement specific strategies for individual children. Children who receive additional funding are supported by staff on a one-to-one basis.

They make good progress towards their individual learning and development targets.Parents are pleased with the care that their children receive at the nursery. They say that their children love attending, they have good bonds with staff and are making lots of friends.

Parents speak highly of the dedicated, hardworking and caring manager. Also, that staff go 'above and beyond' to meet the needs of their children, particularly those children with SEND.Children benefit from freshly prepared, healthy, and nutritious meals.

These are planned to reflect the dietary needs of children. Pre-school children confidently use serving spoons and tongs to serve their own food. When they finish eating, they clean up after themselves, carrying their used plates, drinking glasses and cutlery to the kitchen to be washed.

Photos of the children and their families are displayed in the nursery. Staff talk to the children about their photos. They use them to support children's understanding about their individuality and differences.

Toddlers enjoy looking at photos of each other's pets. They show an interest in cats and dogs that they see while walking to the park. Staff recognise that not all children have pets at home, so they arranged a trip to a pet shop.

Children share the photos of their favourite animals they saw in the pet shop. They confidently point these out to the inspector.Overall, staff promote children's communication and language well.

They respond to babies as they babble and model the name of the toys they are playing with. Toddlers and pre-school children confidently sing nursery rhymes and enjoy listening to stories being read by staff. However, staff do not maximise opportunities that arise during their interactions with children to extend their communication skills further.

For example, if children do not respond to questions asked of them, staff do not follow up their questioning to support children's understanding and language development.Staff say they enjoy working at the setting and they feel valued and supported in their role. They have regular supervisions and appraisal meetings with the manager.

These are not always effective at identifying what support individual staff need to develop their practice, skills and knowledge further.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Staff confidently describe the signs and symptoms of abuse.

They know the procedures to follow if they have a concern about the welfare of a child or the conduct of another member of staff. When employing new staff, the provider ensures that all staff are suitable for their role by carrying out rigorous and relevant checks. The ongoing suitability of staff is regularly checked throughout their employment.

Staff carry out daily risk assessments to ensure that the nursery environment is safe. Additional risk assessments are carried out for trips out of the nursery to keep children safe.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: nengage children more effectively in conversations and extend their communication and language skills further strengthen support for staff's professional development to focus on developing their teaching practice to an even higher level.

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