Abc at Atherton’s Children Centre

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Abc at Atherton’s Children Centre

Name Abc at Atherton’s Children Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Meadowbank Primary School & Nursery Education Centre, Formby Avenue, Atherton, MANCHESTER, M46 0HX
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Wigan
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (03 October 2019)
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What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is good

Children benefit from a wide range of exciting play opportunities which help them to make good progress in their learning and development. The nursery is fully inclusive and is particularly effective at supporting children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Children arrive happy and eager to delve straight into the array of activities on offer. Staff have high expectations of children. They encourage children to develop a ’can-do’ attitude and persevere in their chosen tasks. Continuous praise and encouragement help children to have high levels of confidence and self-esteem. Overall, staff give good consideration to promoting children’s well-being. However, on occasions, staff do not follow stringent hygiene procedures. Partnerships with parents and carers are actively fostered to ensure children experience good levels of continuity of care. Furthermore, staff gather detailed information about children’s previous experiences to help them plan a rich and meaningful curriculum across all areas of learning. Through effective and insightful self-evaluation, the dedicated manager and her staff team have recently revised the way they plan children’s activities. However, this is a new system that is not yet fully embedded and not all staff fully understand the changes made.

What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?

Good relationships are evident between the staff and children. All children are happy, relaxed and settle well into the daily routines. Babies bond well with staff and positively respond to the good levels of care shown to them. However, intermittently, staff working with the youngest children do follow robust hygiene procedures and cross-contamination occurs. For example, occasionally, children drink from each other’s cups and staff do not always wash their hands after wiping children’s noses. This impacts on children’s overall well-being.Children of all ages are wonderfully inquisitive as they develop a sense of the world around them. Babies and toddlers enjoy an abundance of sensory experiences. They explore the texture of sand as they fill containers and enjoy making marks with paint. Older children concentrate intently as they use oranges, water and tea bags in the home corner, developing their imaginative skills as they make ’dinner’. Staff talk to them about what they are doing and skilfully ask questions that encourage children’s thinking skills and growing vocabulary.Children behave very well. Staff provide clear and consistent reminders that help children to understand right from wrong. Children show kindness for their friends as they play together. They are beginning to share and take turns and listen well to the instructions given by staff.Children are becoming increasingly secure in managing everyday tasks for themselves, such as hanging up their coats and pouring their own drinks. Staff nurture children’s independence and understand the importance of promoting opportunities for children to develop self-care skills.Partnerships with parents are good, with staff ensuring they keep parents informed about their children’s development and achievements. Opportunities for parents to provide detailed information about children’s starting points in their learning are good. Parents are also encouraged to add information as children progress and develop. Information is shared with parents on a daily basis. Comments from parents are extremely positive. They state that staff are ’warm and friendly’ and that their children thoroughly enjoy attending.The dedicated and passionate manager shows a good commitment to the professional development of her team, encouraging training in all areas. Regular staff meetings and individual supervision sessions play an integral part in the development of the setting. This helps to promote children’s progression. Staff are given the opportunity to feed back to the team about training they have attended and are encouraged to bring new ideas to influence practice.Leaders have an accurate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the nursery and are committed to driving further improvement. They stringently monitor children’s progress and this helps to ensure that any additional support for children is swiftly secured. Leaders recognise that further work is needed to ensure that staff fully understand the revised planning systems and implement these correctly.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Staff have a very clear understanding of their responsibilities in the area of child protection. There are named staff members for safeguarding and detailed procedures are in place. All staff are aware of the procedures to follow should there be any concerns regarding a child’s welfare, and information is readily accessible. All members of staff hold current first-aid certificates, so children are well protected in the event of a minor accident. Robust risk assessments help to ensure that children can play in a safe and secure environment. A wide range of policies and procedures are successfully implemented to further support children’s welfare.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: further improve hygiene procedures to maximise children’s well-being at all times nembed the recently revised planning systems and ensure that all staff have a sound knowledge and understanding of the new process.