Little People Alwoodley Ofsted Report

Our latest Ofsted inspection at Little People Alwoodley was in Aug ’23 and we were rated “Good” in all areas. We are pleased that the inspector could appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm of our team and our wonderful children who attend, commenting on their excellent behaviour and our staff teams skilled interaction to promote learning and development. Some of the highlights were…

Children are happy to attend this friendly nursery. Staff are nurturing and attentive to children’s needs. They ensure that children feel a strong sense of belonging in the nursery by implementing an effective key-person system. Staff work hard to develop trusting relationships with children and parents. This helps children to build close bonds with staff. Children quickly develop the confidence which they need to explore and learn.

Staff know children well. They use information gathered from families to plan a range of fun, themed activities. They make sure that activities are relevant to children, based on their interests and build on their prior experiences.”

Staff provide lots of opportunities for children to develop a love of nature, which promotes their understanding of the world.

Overall, leaders have developed a curriculum that is well sequenced. Staff understand how children learn. They know the stages of development that children are at and what they want them to learn next.”

Children behave well. Staff are good role models as they eat alongside children at mealtimes. Children show kindness as they help each other

There is a positive and respectful culture across the setting. Staff respect children’s wishes from the youngest age. For instance, they ask children if they can change their nappies. Staff wait for a response before taking children to the changing room.

Parents are complimentary about the nursery. They are happy with the communication that they receive from their child’s key person. Parents praise the nursery for the role they play in helping children to make good developmental progress. They like the online system that they use as a two-way communication tool. Parents are encouraged to share experiences that their children have out of nursery, as well as receive information about their children from their key person. This joined-up approach helps staff and parents work together to support children’s learning.

Support for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities is good. Staff know children well. They make timely referrals to other professionals and put in place tailored plans of support to meet the individual needs of children. Children make good progress from their starting points, and they are prepared for the next stage of their education.

The report can be read in full here 50227229 (