Abacus Kindergarten


Name Abacus Kindergarten
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Friars Grove Primary School, Upland Drive, Colchester, Essex, CO4 0PZ
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Sessional day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Essex
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (17 November 2016)
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Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is good The setting’s management is effective in driving improvement. Staff demonstrate a strong commitment to achieving excellence in all areas. They are enthusiastic and work well together as part of a friendly and motivated team. Staff are committed to working together with parents. They respect parents as their child’s key educator. They encourage parents to remain actively involved in their children’s learning, both in the setting and at home. Staff observe children and support them in purposeful play. The quality of teaching is consistently good and sometimes outstanding. Children benefit from a range of interesting resources that helps support their progress across all areas of learning. Staff support children’s speech and language development effectively. They use signing and pictorial prompts to help support children’s developing vocabulary. Staff engage children in conversation, ask questions to encourage them to think, and actively listen to what they have to say. The key-person system is implemented well. Each child has a named person to take responsibility for their daily well-being, plan for their learning and development. In the absence of the key person there is another named adult to ensure that children’s care and learning continues to be tailored to their individual needs. It is not yet outstanding because: The organisation of the session means that children’s play and learning is sometimes interrupted. Children are not given opportunity to complete activities of their choice before moving on with the routines of the day. Staff do not make the most of opportunities to help children learn to hear and say the initial sounds in words correctly.