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Wellington Boots Playgroup & Pre- School - Ofsted

Wellington Boots Playgroup & Pre- School - Ofsted

Inspection Report:

Inspection Report: Wellington Boots Playgroup & Pre-School, 18/11/2010 Description of the setting Wellington Boots Playgroup was registered in 2001 at the current setting, Holy Trinity Church Hall in Sidcup. The playgroup has use of two halls, a kitchen and toilets. It is a condition of registration that all children are escorted to the toilet by a member of staff, due to the fact that there are staff working in an office upstairs who share the same toilets. The playgroup is well established in the community and serves local families. The playgroup is registered on the Early Years Register and the voluntary and compulsory parts of the Childcare Register. It operates Monday to Friday 9.30am until 12 noon during school term time. It is registered to care for 26 children from two to five years. No more than eight children may be under three years. Currently there are 38 children on roll. Children attend a variety of sessions. The playgroup supports children with identified special educational needs and children who speak English as an additional language. The staff team comprises of a play leader and co-leader/deputy, both of whom hold a recognised childcare qualification. There is a total of eight staff members, of which six members of staff work directly with the children; all hold or are working towards a recognised childcare qualification. The playgroup receives support from the Bexley Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership. The playgroup is a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance. The overall effectiveness of the early years provision Overall the quality of the provision is satisfactory. Children are warmly welcomed by a caring staff team and they show a strong sense of belonging. Children are happy and settled and have developed positive relationships outside the family home. Staff engage with children well, exploring activities together, although opportunities to extend their learning and development are not consistently put into practice. This is due to the planning of activities which does not yet identify the possible learning intentions to ensure children are sufficiently challenged. Staff are keen to maintain continuous improvement and identify areas for development. Although, they have not yet fully put their ideas into practice to further improve the outcomes for children. What steps need to be taken to improve provision further? To meet the specific requirements of the EYFS, the registered person must: conduct a risk assessment and review it regularly at least once a year or more frequently where the need arises. The risk assessment must identify aspects of This inspection was carried out under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006 18/11/2010 4

Inspection Report: Wellington Boots Playgroup & Pre-School, 18/11/2010 the environment that need to be checked on a regular basis and include when and by whom they have been checked (Suitable premises, environment and equipment) (also applies to both parts of the Childcare Register) To further improve the early years provision the registered person should: review the structure of whole group times and the allocated time for outdoor play to ensure that the individual needs of all children are met and such times are purposeful and engaging for all children ensure observations of children's learning and development are used to inform the planning and identify the possible learning intentions of activities to ensure staff sufficiently challenge and meet the individual needs of children ensure there are hygienic methods used for the cleaning of hands to minimise the risk of cross infection and maximise the opportunities for children to develop independence at snack time improve self-evaluation methods by taking action to address the identified areas for improvement and evaluate the impact to assess the outcomes for children. The effectiveness of leadership and management of the early years provision Children's safety is fostered as suitable recruitment and vetting procedures are in place. Staff have had or are in the process of having the required checks carried out to ensure their suitability and un-vetted adults are never left alone with children. The premises are safe and secure and staff are vigilant in supervising children at arrival and departure times and throughout the session. However, the setting has not carried out the required risk assessments to ensure all hazards are indentified and minimised, which is a breach of welfare requirements. Staff have suitable knowledge of child protection safeguarding issues to ensure vulnerable children are protected. Staff also have sound knowledge of ensuring children's safety and welfare, for example, correct procedures are in place for administering medication and several staff have current first aid training, and the team record accidents and ensure parents are informed as required. There are suitable self-evaluation systems in place to identify the setting's strengths and areas of improvement. Both service users and providers have opportunities to contribute towards this and, as a result, some improvements have been made, for example, a notice board is displayed giving parents and carers more information about the topics and events taking place and the outdoor area has been developed. Staff identify ways to improve planning and assessment methods for children which is likely to improve the learning and development outcomes for children. However, such ideas have not yet been put into practice. Therefore, it is unclear what progress children are making as assessment methods are not yet used to inform planning to ensure the learning and development needs This inspection was carried out under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006 5

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