what Ofsted say

Freedom Day Care Nursery

& Pre-School


What Ofsted say....July 2014. We have are pleased to announce our recent Ofsted Report returned a rating of “Good” - we would like to thank our Team and our Parents for their support and will shortly attach a link to this website, for parents to see the report once it is fully published.

As an example of the wording on the official report, “Children are very well cared for in a safe, caring and welcoming environment” “Children make good progress because teaching is good and staff provide rich learning opportunities for children to play and explore, so children are highly motivated and eager to learn”

“Children are well prepared for the transition to school” “Managers are committed to improving outcomes for children and incorporate the views of parents and staff”  “The key-person system is very effective in engaging parents in their children’s education”

Sept 2008. Here is a brief overview of our last Ofsted Inspection.

Please go online for the full version, http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/EY374384

Overall effectiveness of the early years provision

Overall the quality of the provision is good. Children are engaged and enjoy their time at the nursery. Close relationships have been established, both with children and parents alike, to ensure staff have good knowledge of children's routines and interests in order to organise appropriate learning opportunities that celebrate their uniqueness. There are systems in place to monitor children's progression towards the early learning goals. A strong and dedicated team work very well together to improve outcomes for children ensuring their individual needs are routinely met and that each child is fully included in the life of the setting. They have a good sense of direction although the monitoring and evaluation of the provision is in its early stages.

The quality and standards of the early years provision

Children are provided with a good range of opportunities to help them make progress across all areas of learning. They are able to move around freely indoors and the large outdoor area is safe for children to enjoy fresh air and their play. Children display great enthusiasm for activities and the toys and resources are easily accessible. This encourages children to develop their independence and make choices. However, some other opportunities to support children's growing independence are missed. For example, at meal times and when labelling their own work.

Children choose number activities during free play, they enjoy number rhymes and songs and begin to count confidently. They also use mathematical language during free play activities and staff encourage children to make comparisons such as tallest or shortest.

Children learn about weighing and measuring during practical activities, such as cooking, and have opportunities to learn about changes that occur when water is added to flour or food colouring to the mixture, because staff always respond to children's interests and encourage them to talk openly about what they are doing.

Children respond with their senses to many experiences such as, tasting different ingredients and touching a range of contrasting textures. They express themselves creatively and use their imagination when painting, drawing and playing with small world equipment.

Systems for observational assessment are developing well and are beginning to provide a clear record of each child's progress towards the early learning goals.

Children are developing good hygiene practices and becoming independent in their personal care. They are supported to wash their hands before eating and older more able children automatically wash their hands after using the toilet.

Children are encouraged to eat healthily. They are provided with a range of fresh fruits, receive drinks throughout the day and fresh drinking water is readily available for children to help themselves. Meals are cooked on the premises from scratch and using fresh ingredients, so children remain well-nourished.

Children learn to take care of the toys and resources as they help to tidy up and they are learning to take responsibility for their own safety. For example, children practise the emergency evacuation procedures on a regular basis and therefore become familiar with the routine in the event of an emergency.