Ofsted Report April 2017

This provision is outstanding

The manager is a highly qualified and effective leader. She seeks and values the views of staff, children and parents in order to achieve the best outcomes possible.   

 Staff are talented and creative. They plan an exceptional range of activities that inspires children to be completely immersed in their play and learning.   

 Staff are committed to ensuring the well-being of children. They are vigilant in supporting new children to help them settle quickly and feel included. The highly effective key-person system ensures every child's needs are consistently met.   

 Partnerships with feeder schools are extremely robust. There are very successful transition arrangements for children as they prepare to move on to school.   

 Parents spoken to on the day of the inspection were unanimous in their praise of the exceptional levels of care and learning their children receive. Recent parent questionnaires reinforced these positive views.   

 The quality of teaching is outstanding. Children learn many skills that lay the strongest foundations for their future learning and development.   

 Children's progress over time is carefully monitored by staff. They swiftly put plans in place to close gaps in learning so that children continue to achieve excellent outcomes.   

 Children's safety is paramount. Staff carry out stringent risk assessments. Children are very well supervised but this does not impact on their growing independence. 

Effectiveness of the leadership and management is outstanding

Arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Leaders follow highly robust recruitment and induction procedures. Staff know precisely what is required if they have any concerns about a child's welfare. 

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding

Staff ensure that children get the best start possible. They work closely with parents to establish children's starting points. This results in individual needs being identified straight away and precise plans put in place. Parents continue to be fully involved in their children's learning. Staff have implemented highly successful initiatives to enhance learning at home. Staff are highly competent teachers who capitalise on children's interests to provide enjoyable challenges. 

Personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding

All children, including the youngest, are extremely curious and confident to play and explore. Their behaviour and levels of cooperation are exemplary. During group times they show a strong awareness of expectations as they listen and respond to staff very positively. There is an excellent range of resources that staff use to teach children about people in the wider world. Children enjoy healthy snacks and have many opportunities for exercise and outdoor play. They know that these are vital for their health and physical well-being.       

Outcomes for children are outstanding

All children make excellent progress from their starting points. Children are very well prepared for school. Older children have gained a secure understanding of letters and the corresponding sounds they make. This ensures they begin school with the skills that underpin their success in becoming fluent readers. Younger children are extremely confident to describe pictures in their favourite stories. Children demonstrate high levels of mathematical knowledge as they count and order numbers. Children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make exceptional progress over time. 

The quality and standards of the early years provision This inspection: Outstanding 1

Effectiveness of the leadership and management Outstanding  1 

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1 

Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1  

Outcomes for children Outstanding  1