Name Activate
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Town Close House Preparatory School, 14 Ipswich Road, NORWICH, NR2 2LR
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Out-of day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Norfolk
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (05 August 2019)
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Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is goodnThe manager regularly seeks feedback from parents, children and staff. He uses this information to make strong evaluations of the service, identify potential improvements and manage changes. For instance, the organisation of activities has been altered since the last inspection to better support younger children’s specific needs.nInteractions between staff and children are positive and full of warmth. Staff enthusiastically hold conversations and engage in activities alongside children, such as taking part in swimming and water play sessions. nChildren of all ages play together happily. They behave well and develop strong friendships with one another. For example, they care for new children by showing them the different activities and inviting them to sit with them at lunch or join their play.nThe highly qualified staff team uses opportunities to build on children’s curiosity well. Staff answer children’s questions about how certain baking ingredients, such as yeast, work. Staff show interest in children’s own observations and comments, such as how a pile of flour looks like a volcano.nSeveral staff also work in the host school. This helps children to feel secure and build strong relationships as they are cared for by familiar adults who know them well. nStaff work very closely with other providers. For example, they gather and share information about children’s needs from their teachers to help promote continuity in their care and support. nChildren are articulate and confident. They are keen to tell the inspector about their favourite activities at the club. These include clay animation, swimming, graffiti art sessions, go-kart building and self-defence and circus skills classes.nParents comment on the highly organised, excellent range of activities and experiences their children enjoy. They note how impressed they are with the nutritious catering and express their appreciation for the ’brilliant’ and ’friendly’ staff. nSometimes staff do not make the most of opportunities to encourage children to take responsibility for routine tasks and further develop their independence.