The Early Years Nursery

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About The Early Years Nursery

Name The Early Years Nursery
Ofsted Inspections
Address The Farmhouse, Langford Lane, Oxford Airport, KIDLINGTON, Oxfordshire, OX5 1QT
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children demonstrate exceptionally high levels of self-esteem and emotional well-being. They are confident and independent, and build excellent relationships with all staff.

Children have an abundance of opportunities to safely develop their physical skills. For example, they take well managed risks and learn about living creatures, such as spiders and worms. Children have wonderful opportunities to be creative.

Older children become engrossed as they paint intricate and detailed drawings. Younger children's natural curiosity is triggered when they experiment with paint and water. Staff have created a nurturing ...and secure environment, where all children show an incredibly strong sense of belonging.

Staff superbly encourage children to become independent. They utilise every opportunity to support children to explore and make choices. The curriculum is meticulously embedded and activities are precisely matched to all children's individual needs.

Children are highly motivated. They confidently explore and make rapid progress from their initial starting points.Children develop an excellent knowledge of early mathematics.

For example, younger children eagerly count and match objects. Older children apply their exceptional understanding of weight, size and measure. They use highly impressive addition and subtraction skills during daily activities.

Children's behaviour is impeccable. They demonstrate tolerance and are very kind, helpful and especially caring towards each other.

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

The manager, who is also the provider, has high expectations of her staff team.

She provides exceptional support through peer observations, one-to-one supervisions and team meetings, to help maintain their outstanding practice.The manager and staff work especially closely with parents to involve them in their children's achievements. They share extensive information on children's development and how this could be extended at home.

Parents are unanimous in their praise for the staff team and the high standards of teaching across the nursery.The manager and staff are qualified and highly experienced. They are inspirational in their pursuit to further their professional skills and knowledge.

For example, targeted training has deepened their understanding of the impact of their teaching, and children's learning outdoors.Staff are extremely vigilant in their supervision and take active steps to keep children safe. Children take part in a range of celebrations and develop an exceptional understanding of similarities and differences.

Children's health and well-being are supported tremendously well. They learn to listen to their increased beating hearts after running and become deeply absorbed during their yoga sessions.The manager and staff have a commendable commitment to inclusion.

One example of this is the exceptional care of children who speak English as an additional language, to help them achieve the very best possible outcomes.The manager and staff support children's communication skills remarkably well. They listen attentively when older children speak and interweave new words, such as 'stethoscope' and 'colour pallet'.

Staff expertly use visual cues with younger children, to ensure they can contribute to conversations and be listened to.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.The manager and staff diligently keep up to date with changes in child protection legislation.

They have an exemplary understanding of the procedure to follow, should they have a concern about a child's welfare, including the potential risk to children with regard to radicalisation and extremism. The manager implements systematic recruitment, induction and vetting procedures, to help ensure all staff are suitable for their role. The manager and staff meticulously carry out regular checks to the premises and equipment, making sure children are cared for in an extremely safe and secure environment.