Zippys Day Nursery

Name Zippys Day Nursery
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 December 2019
Address 4 Merryweather Place, London, SE10 8BN
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

The new manager has worked tirelessly to bring about improvements since the last inspection. She has worked with the nursery directors, the staff team and professionals from the local authority to raise the quality of care and education. The nursery manager and provider have successfully met all actions from the last inspection by providing ongoing training and support for staff. Children arrive happy and settle quickly in this welcoming and friendly nursery. They chat to adults and quickly form friendships with their peers. They feel happy and safe. Adults know children well and plan activities to interest, engage and challenge them. Children listen attentively to familiar stories as they prepare for the Christmas performance. Children behave well and adults are consistent in their approach to managing their behaviour. Children listen attentively to instructions and respond appropriately. This helps them prepare for school. Parents spoken with during the inspection really appreciate the leaders, managers and adults working with the children. They value the support their individual children receive as well as the support offered to families.

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

nThe manager has led and inspired her team to strive for the best possible curriculum. She continues to focus on professional development to constantly improve outcomes for children. For example, she has reviewed staff supervision arrangements to improve staff confidence in teaching.nAdults working with the children have improved the quality of teaching for children’s communication and literacy. A range of daily activities, including the use of pictures and visual clues, help all children make rapid progress. However, some of the written text displayed in the rooms is not consistently presented. This may be confusing for children who are developing early reading skills.nOlder children show care and concern for others as they share resources, listen well at story time and enjoy songs and music. They enjoy the company of their friends and play together in harmony on activities of their choosing.nBabies enjoy close contact with staff, and the key-person arrangements meet children’s individual needs well. Adult-led group activities for this age range are not always planned well enough to give babies time to think and respond.nAdults focus well when supporting children’s individual learning in the nursery. This fosters children’s natural curiosity and eagerness to learn. Information about child progress is shared with parents, who are encouraged to promote and extend their children’s learning at home.nChildren learn about the community in which they live through a good range of planned outings to local landmarks such as the arena and local parks.nAdults working with children help them learn how to be healthy. They teach children to wash their hands properly before eating to reduce the risk ofinfection. Children really enjoy fresh meals and snacks prepared on the premises.nAll children are included and made to feel special in this vibrant, multicultural setting. They learn about their own identity and different people around them. This prepares them for future life in the community.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.The provider has ensured all staff have sufficient knowledge and understanding of all safeguarding issues and procedures relating to current legislation. This has been achieved by staff training, one-to-one discussions, team meetings and safeguarding audits. Policies for child protection and safeguarding have been reviewed and shared with staff and parents. This has raised the awareness of all adults and their confidence in identifying signs of abuse, as well as how to follow the nursery procedures to act on concerns. Policies for the administration of medication and exclusion for children who are unwell have been updated, and staff know how to keep children safe in the event of illness.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should:nprovide consistency when displaying printed material in the setting to further support children’s early reading skillsnimprove the planning for group activities for babies to ensure they are given time to join in and respond.