Westgate Nursery School and Creche

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About Westgate Nursery School and Creche

Name Westgate Nursery School and Creche
Ofsted Inspections
Address 82 Cricklade Road, Highworth, Swindon, Wilts, SN6 7BL
Phase Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Swindon
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Staff are dedicated to ensuring children are making the best possible progress in all areas of learning. They establish a robust parent partnership from the start to find out about each child's individual needs. The highly effective key-person system ensures each child feels secure in their emotions and well-being.

Staff have exceptional experience in producing planning that is carefully tailored to children's individual needs and interests, while sensitively accommodating children who need additional support. Children flourish in confidence, develop awareness that their personalities are respected and are continually in...clusive and considerate of one another.Children arrive at the setting with enthusiasm; they separate from their parents exceptionally well and manage their feelings and behaviour impeccably.

They feel exceptionally secure in the nursery environment, enabling them to become extremely confident and independent learners. Parents speak extremely highly of the competent staff team and recognise the vital role it plays in ensuring children are happy and continually flourishing. Parents also acknowledge the significant communication they have with staff and state that the meals provided on site are nutritious and well received by their children.

Children relish the superb learning opportunities that are predominantly based in the nursery's large garden. These link closely to the setting's ethos of healthy bodies and minds, and staff provide extensive support for each child's fine- and gross-motor development. Children have developed high levels of independence, initiating their own learning and exploration of the natural world, for example.

Staff provide carefully structured activities to embed deeper learning about the natural environment. Children excitedly investigate the shrubbery with nets in the hope of finding wildlife and produce clay creations using natural resources from around the garden.

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

The inspirational manager enthusiastically explains the clear ethos of the nursery and how it is embedded in everything staff do.

The skilful staff have a positive impact on the development of the children. Staff fully understand and acknowledge the importance of ensuring children feel secure in their emotional well-being prior to implementing further development goals. The skilful use of planning and assessments supports all children to make excellent progress.

Leaders are committed to continually developing staff knowledge. They provide exceptional opportunities for professional development among staff. Many staff members have already achieved valuable qualifications and continually seek new ways to expand their skills.

There is inclusive support and communication between the team with monthly in-house training.Staff know the children exceptionally well. They have a strong grasp on how children can thrive and develop in all areas of learning and an exceptional understanding of how to use exciting, age-appropriate activities to support this.

They provide remarkable support for children's progression, using very clear development plans for each child.Children build exceptionally strong relationships with one another. They demonstrate compassion and respect for each other and encourage each other to thrive.

For example, children compliment each other's art work and applaud the achievements of others. These robust friendships have created a secure, amicable and calm environment among the children. Children are confident and have a secure sense of self-worth.

They manage their feelings and behaviour extremely well, with the support of staff where appropriate.Children develop great independence as they explore new things for themselves, make decisions and practise new skills. During mealtimes, children sit politely at the table and eat their food competently with metal knives and forks and crockery.

They are confident to announce if they do not like something or if they are finished, and staff encourage them to try new foods on their plate. Once children are finished, they demonstrate how well they know and follow routines as they scrape any remaining food off their plates into a large bowl on the table, put their plates in the box and go to wash their hands.Children develop exceptional communication and language skills.

From the baby room up, they enjoy ample opportunities to listen to music and sound activities and relish story times. Children have ready access to a wide range of books to look at independently or explore with other children and staff. There are numerous opportunities for expression and discussion throughout the day.

For example at the lunch table, pre-school children discuss in depth how their digestive system works, showing exceptional knowledge and giving clear descriptions.Children in the toddler and pre-school rooms continually use mathematical language. They use their initiative to count the windows on the building, discuss the height of their tower of bricks using positional language, and use monetary language when playing in the ice-cream shop.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Staff have clear and precise knowledge of how to keep children safe from harm. Managers and designated safeguarding leads provide ample training and support for staff to ensure competence within the team.

All staff have completed safeguarding training and update their knowledge at monthly staff meetings. Staff have an in-depth understanding of how to access outside support from additional agencies where appropriate. Children learn how to stay safe in hot weather by wearing sun hats, applying sun cream, keeping in shaded areas of the garden and drinking plenty of water.

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