West Hill Life Ltd

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About West Hill Life Ltd

Name West Hill Life Ltd
Address Horton Kirby C of E Primary School, Horton Road, Horton Kirby, DARTFORD, DA4 9BN
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Out-of day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Kent
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

This provision meets requirements Children thoroughly enjoy their time in the club. They arrive with enthusiasm, excitement and anticipation. The atmosphere is enjoyable, lively and busy.

Children make friends easily. They learn to respect each other and gain new skills as they try different activities. Staff fully appreciate children's efforts.

They encourage them to keep trying so that children always succeed and feel proud of themselves. For example, the 'raffle ticket' system is a good incentive to help children try new things. Children delight in collecting raffle tickets from staff each time they try something new.

They wait excitedly to see... who holds the most tickets at the end of the term and wins the prize. Children feel safe at the club. They know the staff well and say that they are confident to approach staff if they need help, comfort or reassurance.

Children behave well. At present, children cannot mix freely with other age groups due to the restrictions of social distancing. However, staff manage this well.

They listen to children's ideas and offer activities and games they know will interest the children. The club is managed well. Staff are highly motivated.

They work hard to reflect continually on their practice and make constant improvements.

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

Children's views are actively listened to and welcomed. Staff request their feedback.

They fully involve children in the club's decision-making process when planning new ideas and activities. For example, children said that they wanted more opportunities to watch films and take part in dance activities, so staff provided these.Staff support children's healthy development well.

All meals and snacks are nourishing and nutritious. Children learn about the importance of eating well. They take part in cookery activities.

For example, they make pizzas and choose their own healthy toppings. Children enjoy making fruit kebabs and confidently name the different fruits they use.The club's leaders are fully committed to providing a high standard of provision.

They make sure staff are appropriately trained to support each child's needs. For example, following the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, staff have noted that some children need more support in managing their feelings and emotional well-being. Two staff members completed a course to help them support children's mental health.

This has improved their understanding of how to recognise when some children may need more help.Staff actively encourage each child to feel part of the group. They value the contribution every child makes.

For example, every evening each child, if they wish to, offers a 'Fact of the Day'. Children share information about something new they have learned at school that day. This helps every child to feel listened to.

Children's unique qualities are respected. Staff work hard to make sure they adapt the club's provision to take account of each child. For example, when necessary, staff complete specialist training to support the care needs of individual children.

Club staff and school staff work well together. They readily share information each day to make sure children's health and welfare needs are clearly understood.The club provides a clean, spacious and well-organised environment.

Children have plenty of space to move around safely, inside and outside. Full use is made of the school grounds. This enables children to enjoy active games and sports as well as quieter activities, depending on each child's preferences.

Staff successfully provide a homely environment where children can unwind after their busy day at school.Younger children settle into the club well. Teaching staff, parents and club staff work together to make sure all information about a child's character, personality, likes and dislikes is fully understood.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Staff provide a safe and welcoming environment. There are stringent procedures to make sure unauthorised adults are not permitted onto the school grounds.

Supervision levels are good and staff keep an accurate record of children's attendance. Staff work closely with teachers and school staff. They make sure any child who does not arrive at the club as expected is safe and is accounted for.

Robust checks are completed when new staff join the club to make sure they are suitable to work with children. Staff complete regular safeguarding training. They fully understand what action they need to take if they have concerns about a child's welfare.

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Horton Kirby Church of England Primary School

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