St Vincent’s Nursery

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About St Vincent’s Nursery

Name St Vincent’s Nursery
Ofsted Inspections
Address St. Vincents Primary School, Orchard Road, ALTRINCHAM, Cheshire, WA15 8EY
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Trafford
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children thrive due to the exemplary care they receive in this rich, vibrant and wholly inclusive nursery.

Staff have an excellent understanding of children's needs, much of which is based on first-hand observations and excellent relationships. They have wonderfully high expectations of children and are extremely passionate about providing the very best possible experiences for children to enjoy. Staff diligently gather information when children first start at the nursery.

They visit families in their homes to establish children's existing skills and abilities, their likes and dislikes and previous life experien...ces. Staff make excellent use of this information to plan meticulously for children's individual learning needs. Innovative and inspiring consideration is given to supporting children's emotional health and mental well-being.

Children relish the roles and responsibilities they are given. They immerse themselves in the task of being a 'well-being warrior', where they develop impressive compassion and empathy for others. Children enthusiastically engage in laughter yoga, which helps to lift their mood, lower stress levels and focus them impressively for learning.'

Calm caves' have been introduced for all age groups, to support children to recognise when they need time to themselves, to reflect and to regulate their emotions. These superb opportunities contribute significantly to children being exceptionally happy, settled, safe and secure.

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

The quality of staff's interactions with children are outstanding.

Staff effortlessly ignite children's passion and enthusiasm for learning and skillfully differentiate activities to provide optimal challenge that supports rapid progress. Staff provide first-class learning experiences inside and outside that contribute to children being extremely motivated and eager to learn. For example, young children excitedly notice hailstones in the garden and staff teach them about what causes hailstones to form.

Older children animatedly discuss the effects of the recent storm and confidently describe how a storm is a 'mixture of weather' that is 'strong and hard'.The acquisition of children's language skills is given high regard. Staff working with young children ensure they pronounce words clearly, use an abundance of descriptive language and demonstrate conversational skills.

Staff in the pre-school room enrich children's understanding by encouraging them to use a dictionary. Children look up the word 'storm' and discuss its meaning. They share newspaper articles that report on the chaos that the storm has caused and staff discuss with children what they think the word chaos might mean.

Furthermore, the nursery employs a speech and language therapist to provide support to children, staff and parents.Children develop an impressive awareness of how to keep themselves safe. For example, they engage in forest school activities that support their understanding of risk in an outdoor environment.

Pre-school children have developed their own risk assessments for areas of learning within the nursery. For example, they have identified that wooden blocks in the construction area might be heavy, so they must be careful of their fingers and toes and to tidy away blocks so that they do not fall over.Provision for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is magnificent.

Highly knowledgeable staff have an astute understanding of children's individual needs. Their detailed, well-considered interventions and robust partnership working with other professionals ensure that any gaps in children's learning are swiftly identified and addressed.The exceptional skills and knowledge of the leadership team ensure that the systems for the daily operation of the nursery are highly effective.

Rigorous and accurate evaluation of the nursery's performance is continuously undertaken and informs exciting plans for the future.Staff are committed and dedicated and share the leadership team's enthusiasm and dedication. They comment positively on the support they receive, which encompasses supervision meetings, peer observations and opportunities to access an abundance of training, to further develop their already outstanding skills.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.All staff have a robust understanding of their role and responsibility in protecting children from harm. There is a vigilant culture throughout the nursery where children's welfare is paramount and at the heart of all they do.

All staff engage in regular safeguarding training and the subject is continuously discussed at staff meetings. The manager implements robust recruitment arrangements and stringent checks to ensure staff are suitable to carry out their roles and remain suitable to do so. Meticulous documentation is maintained that includes the recording of accidents and medication.

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