Abington Vale PlaySchool

Name Abington Vale PlaySchool
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Address 10 Bridgewater Drive, Northampton, Northants, NN3 3AF
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority WestNorthamptonshire
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (06 November 2019)
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What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is inadequate

Children’s welfare is not well supported by managers or staff. Managers and staff do not follow the setting’s policies and procedures to protect children effectively and keep them safe. Staff do not have high enough expectations for children’s development. They do not use information well enough from assessments to inform their teaching interactions with children. Some children, who require additional support, are not identified by staff quickly enough. These children make slower progress from their starting points as a result. However, where staff have already identified a specific learning need for a child, staff provide focused activities to address this. Children know the routines of the setting well, and show that they are happy and independent. They register their own attendance with their unique name badge and display this on the ’Mr Tickle’ board. Children immediately find their friends and begin to play with the activities set out. Children display some good behaviours but some demonstrate a lack of focus in the activities available to them.Children become engrossed in a parachute game and jump up and down in excitement. Staff bring this activity to life as they encourage children to use their imaginative skills. Children pretend they are running away from tigers and jaguars and reach for their drink bottles in their pretend back packs. This supports children’s physical and creative development effectively.

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

Managers have not addressed the weaknesses in their safeguarding practice which have been previously highlighted to them. These remain breaches of the safeguarding and welfare requirements. Managers and staff fail to identify when to record their concerns about a child’s welfare. They do not demonstrate sufficient knowledge to be able to respond to concerning information or identify and help children who may need support from other agencies.Staff invite people into the setting who help children to learn about different animals and broaden their experiences. Children are given the opportunity to carefully touch snakes and cockroaches. While taking part in the activity, they recall earlier stories about these animals. This supports children’s skills in communication and language, and understanding of the world. However, children who require additional help are not given effective support by staff to participate in activities such as this. Staff do not make sure that their interactions with children are always purposeful.Managers make sure the environment is well resourced. They take into account all areas of learning when they plan activities for children. This means children do have the opportunity to develop all necessary skills. However, sometimes staff do not interact with children effectively and children’s learning is not well supported. For example, staff do not assist children when playing with threading pens. As a result, children become frustrated and throw the pens in anger.Staff do not always support children to look after their own personal care to prevent the spread of germs. For example, they do not remind children to cough into their own hands or to throw tissues away when they have wiped their own noses.Staff do not encourage children to understand about healthy food choices. While children are eating their packed lunch, staff do not intervene when they eat their ’treats’ first and ignore other nutritious foods.Children pretend to make a birthday cake out of play dough. Staff encourage the children to talk about themselves and who is important to them in their lives, so they can sing ’Happy Birthday’ to them. This helps children to begin to understand about celebrating significant events in people’s lives.Staff do not make sure they have established effective relationships between other childcare settings children attend. As a result, staff do not find it easy to share or freely discuss important information about children’s well-being or development.


The arrangements for safeguarding are not effective.Managers and staff do not understand and implement their safeguarding policy and procedures. Their failure to identify and act on concerns about children means that children’s safety and welfare are compromised. Staff also do not demonstrate a robust knowledge of being alert to wider safeguarding issues such as the ’Prevent duty guidance for England and Wales 2015’. However, managers and staff make sure that accidents that occur are managed and recorded effectively. Managers make sure that all staff working with children have a paediatric first-aid qualification.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

The provision is inadequate and Ofsted intends to take enforcement action.

We will issue a Welfare Requirements Notice requiring the provider to: Due date ensure all staff understand the safeguarding policy and procedure and have an up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding issues so that they can identify and respond to signs of possible abuse at the earliest opportunity 27/11/2019 ensure that the lead practitioner knows how to identity, understand and respond appropriately to signs of possible abuse and neglect 27/11/2019 ensure all staff develop a secure knowledge and understanding of the ’Prevent duty guidance for England and Wales 2015’ in order to identify children who may be at risk of being exposed to extreme behaviours or views 27/11/2019 implement arrangements to enable a regular two-way flow of information between parents and providers, when a child attends more than one setting, to ensure children’s development and welfare needs are consistently promoted 27/11/2019 implement effective procedures to promote the good health of the children attending the setting, to prevent the spread of infection.27/11/2019 To meet the requirements of the early years foundation stage, the provider must: Due date consider children’s stages of development in order to plan challenging and purposeful activities 27/11/2019 strengthen the quality of staff interactions with children, so that they make the best of every learning opportunity, to extend and challenge children’s learning.27/11/2019 To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should: help children to understand how to make healthy food choices, for example, during lunchtimes.