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Little Bookham PreschoolInspection report for early years provisionUnique reference number EY438717Inspect ion date 11/07/2012Inspector Catherine GreenwoodSetting address All Saints Church Hall, Manor House Lane, Bookham, LEAT HERHEAD, Surrey, KT23 4ELTelephone number 07930 127 467Email email@example.comType of setting Childcare - Non-Domestic
Inspection Report: Little Bookham Preschool, 11/07/2012IntroductionThis inspection was carried out by Ofsted under Sections 49 and 50 of theChildcare Act 2006 on the quality and standards of the registered early yearsprovision. ‘Early years provision’ refers to provision regulated by Ofsted for childrenfrom birth to 31 August following their fifth birthday (the early years age group).The registered person must ensure that this provision complies with the statutoryframework for children’s learning, development and welfare, known as the EarlyYears Foundation Stage.The provider must provide a copy of this report to all parents with children at thesetting where reasonably practicable. The provider must provide a copy of thereport to any other person who asks for one, but may charge a fee for this service(The Childcare (Inspection) Regulations 2008 regulations 9 and 10).Children only attend this setting before and/or after the school day and/or duringthe school holidays. The judgements in this report reflect the quality of early yearsprovision offered to children during those periods.The setting also makes provision for children older than the early years age groupwhich is registered on the voluntary and/or compulsory part(s) of the ChildcareRegister. This report does not include an evaluation of that provision, but acomment about compliance with the requirements of the Childcare Register isincluded in Annex B.Please see our website for more information about each childcare provider. Wepublish inspection reports, conditions of registration and details of complaints wereceive where we or the provider take action to meet the requirements ofregistration. 3 This inspection was carried out under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006
Inspection Report: Little Bookham Preschool, 11/07/2012Description of the settingLittle Bookham Preschool registered in 2012 and is privately owned. It operatesfrom All Saints Church Hall, in Little Bookham, Surrey. The premises have twofloors, with a room on each floor. There is an integral kitchenette, accessible toiletsand a small enclosed outdoor play area adjacent to the front entrance. Thepreschool also has sole use of an enclosed field for outdoor play. Children agedthree and four years are funded for free early education.The preschool is registered on the Early Years Register and the compulsory part ofthe Childcare Register to care for no more than 14 children under eight years atany one time. These children may all be in the early years age group, althoughnone may be aged under two years. There are currently 20 children on roll, all ofwhom attend part time.Three members of staff work with the children. All three are registered providers ofthe setting. The manager and one deputy hold BA (Hons) degrees in early yearsand the second deputy manager holds an appropriate level 3 qualification. Thepreschool operates Monday and Thursday from 9am to 5pm, and Tuesday andWednesday from 1pm to 4pm, term-time only. A holiday club is provided forchildren who attend the preschool and their siblings aged two to under eight years.This club runs for two weeks during the summer holidays on Mondays andThursdays from 9am to 2pm, and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm.The provision receives support from the local authority and is currently completingtheir quality assurance programme.The overall effectiveness of the early years provisionOverall the quality of the provision is good.Children thrive in a warm, welcoming and stimulating environment. Staff give toppriority to meeting their individual needs through effective partnership withparents, schools and other early years provision. Their ability to make learning funand exciting means that children are happy and motivated as they play and makeoutstanding learning and developmental progress. Overall, children interact with awide range of resources to support their learning, and take part in interestingexperiences that include frequent outings within the local community. Staff makeeffective use of self-evaluation processes and action plans to drive and maintaincontinuous improvement, clearly identifying areas for future improvements toenhance outcomes for children.What steps need to be taken to improve provisionfurther?To further improve the early years provision the registered person should: increase opportunities for children to use information and communication 4 This inspection was carried out under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006
Inspection Report: Little Bookham Preschool, 11/07/2012 technology, for example, by extending the range of programmable toys to fully develop future skills and support their learning.The effectiveness of leadership and management ofthe early years provisionStaff fully understand their responsibilities to safeguard childrens welfare. Thereare clear vetting procedures in place to identify that all staff working with childrenare suitable to do so. Childrens safety is well maintained through the use ofcomprehensive risk assessments for the premises and all outings. These includespecific information, for example, where younger children may need increasedsupervision and support based on their age and levels of understanding. Staffinvite parents to attend outings, which helps to improve ratios of adults to childrenand ensures that children are well supervised.Self-evaluation is good. Staff give careful consideration to the strengths and mostweaknesses of the provision and identify future aims and objectives that willimprove outcomes for children. All staff have recently attended training on therevised Early Years Foundation Stage, delivered by the local authority. This has ledto the adaptation of childrens observation and assessment records. All staff haveattended training on engaging parents in childrens learning. Consequently, parentshave become more involved in contributing observations of their childrens learningat home. Since registration, the preschool have enrolled in a local authority qualityassurance improvement scheme. This has enabled them to create focusedimprovement plans through consultation with children and parents.Children are provided with a nurturing, welcoming and well resourced environmentthat successfully promotes their learning, both indoors and outdoors. Staff workwell as a team to communicate effectively with children and make good use ofequipment to sustain childrens interest and enthusiasm during their play. Theyintroduce additional resources that capture childrens interest and support themwith using these successfully. Staff adapt the room layout to provide areas thatpromote childrens concentration and ability to focus. Children have goodopportunities to learn about diversity as they make use of play equipment thatreflects positive images. Staff plan activities that challenge childrens thinking andhelp them to embrace cultural differences. For example, they celebrate ChineseNew Year by making vegetable stir fries for snack time and listen to related stories.Children take part in Easter Church services and make flags to celebrate AmericanIndependence Day.Partnerships are good. Staff visit local schools before children leave the preschoolto share their progress records and support transition processes. They alsoregularly liaise with other early years provision that children attend. Consequently,children are provided with continuity in their care and learning. Staff communicatewith parents in a friendly and positive way and share information about theactivities and resources that children enjoy. Parents are asked to share activityideas and have recently taken part in preschool celebrations and outings. Parentsare provided with good information about their children and the preschool through 5 This inspection was carried out under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006
Inspection Report: Little Bookham Preschool, 11/07/2012regular e-mails and a web-site.The quality and standards of the early years provisionand outcomes for childrenChildren make excellent progress in relation to their developmental starting points.They are fully included in all aspects of the provision because staff fully embracetheir individuality. Staff dedicate their time to providing a wide range of activitiesthat capture childrens interest. The opportunities for children to make independentchoices during their play and the observant and supportive approach of staffsignificantly enhance childrens learning and development.Staff make excellent use of observation and assessment to plan activities that aretailored to the needs and abilities of individual children. Consequently, childrenshow enthusiasm for everything on offer and feel fully valued as staff consistentlyrespond to their individual interests. Staff consult with children and embrace theirideas. This can be seen as children suggest making an aeroplane with small chairsand using real suitcases to pretend to pack their belongings. Children are offered awide range of enjoyable and challenging experiences across the areas of learning.For example, they visit the local bakers to buy doughnuts, which they eat as aspecial treat in the park on the way back from the library. Children are extremelywell behaved because staff are exceptionally respectful and considerate in theirapproach. As a result, children are provided with extremely good role models. Staffmake very good use of reward systems to encourage children to be kind and helpothers. Children are encouraged to take make decisions and choices within theirplay. This can be seen as staff support them with achieving their aims and makesuggestions that inspire and motivate them within all activities. Children showextremely good self-help skills, as they help to prepare and serve themselvessnacks and clear away and wash up their dishes. They enjoy the involvement ofothers in their play and develop very positive and caring relationships.Children show excellent listening skills and smile with pleasure as staff talk aboutprevious experiences; for example, a rabbit they saw outside the provision. Staffmake exceptional use of opportunities to ask children questions that are related totheir individual interests. Consequently, children show confidence as they engagein conversation and say what they know and understand. For example, whiletalking about previous and forthcoming holidays, children talk about how they aregoing to get to the airport. Children concentrate well while listening to stories andask staff questions to clarify their thinking. They have exceptional opportunities todevelop an understanding of the world. For example, they see eggs incubating andhatching during outings to a local garden centre, plant seeds in the preschoolvegetable patch and visit the local greengrocers to choose, weigh and buyvegetables. Children make forest people from clay, hide them in woodland areasand remember where they have hidden them on the next visit. They take part inbear hunts and discover bugs under logs. Children walk through overgrownwoodland areas while wearing wellington boots and using play swords as part of ajungle hunt. Children are encouraged to notice changes and sounds within theenvironment. For example, when there is heavy hail outside, children collect the 6 This inspection was carried out under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006
Inspection Report: Little Bookham Preschool, 11/07/2012hailstones in their hands, talk about how this feels and notice them melting. Sinceregistration, staff have ordered some programmable toys, although children do notcurrently have access to a wide range of information communication andtechnology equipment, such as computers, to make good use of everydaytechnology and fully develop their skills for the future.Children run freely in local fields and use a range of outdoor equipment thatdevelops their physical control. For example, they learn to use stilts, crawl throughplay tunnels and tents, use stepping stones and particularly enjoy using an airpropelled rocket. Children manipulate and roll modelling dough and use cutterswith increasing control to make creations, such as pretend cakes and hotdogs.They enjoy using small world toys and develop their creativity, as they take part incooking activities, puppet shows and paint freely at an easel. Children learn abouttheir own safety, as they help staff to check fire equipment, visit the fire stationand take part in evacuation practices. Children enjoy healthy snacks that includefood from around the world, such as different types of bread. They are protectedfrom the risk of cross infection as they learn to wash their hands at appropriatetimes. 7 This inspection was carried out under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006
Inspection Report: Little Bookham Preschool, 11/07/2012Annex A: record of inspection judgementsThe key inspection judgements and what they meanGrade 1 is Outstanding: this aspect of the provision is of exceptionally high qualityGrade 2 is Good: this aspect of the provision is strongGrade 3 is Satisfactory: this aspect of the provision is soundGrade 4 is Inadequate: this aspect of the provision is not good enoughThe overall effectiveness of the early years provisionHow well does the setting meet the needs of the 2children in the Early Years Foundation Stage?The capacity of the provision to maintain continuous 2improvementThe effectiveness of leadership and management of the earlyyears provisionThe effectiveness of leadership and management of the 2Early Years Foundation StageThe effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding 2ambition and driving improvementThe effectiveness with which the setting deploys resources 2The effectiveness with which the setting promotes equality and 2diversityThe effectiveness of safeguarding 2The effectiveness of the setting’s self-evaluation, including the 2steps taken to promote improvementThe effectiveness of partnerships 2The effectiveness of the setting’s engagement with parents and 2carersThe quality of the provision in the Early Years FoundationStageThe quality of the provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage 1Outcomes for children in the Early Years Foundation StageOutcomes for children in the Early Years Foundation 1StageThe extent to which children achieve and enjoy their learning 1The extent to which children feel safe 2The extent to which children adopt healthy lifestyles 2The extent to which children make a positive contribution 1The extent to which children develop skills for the future 2Any complaints about the inspection or report should be made following theprocedures set out in the guidance available from Ofsted’s website:www.ofsted.gov.uk 8 This inspection was carried out under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006
Inspection Report: Little Bookham Preschool, 11/07/2012Annex B: the Childcare RegisterThe provider confirms that the requirements of the Metcompulsory part of the Childcare Register are: 9 This inspection was carried out under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006