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This is a copy of the 2016 Ofsted report for St Marks Square Nursery School, St Marks Church, Regents Park, London, NW1 7TN

Ofsted
DAY CARE INSPECTION REPORT

Inspection report for early years provision

Unique Reference Number: 100604
Inspection date: 19 Apr 2016
Inspector: Vicky Turner
Setting Address:
St Marks Church, Regents Park, London, NW1 7TN
Telephone number: 020 7586 8383
E-mail: sheemaparsons@stmarkssquarenurseryschool.org.uk
Type of setting: Childcare - Non-Domestic

Description of the setting

St. Marks Square Nursery School was registered in1983. It operates from a church hall, within a residential area in the Borough of Camden. The premises include a large main room, one adjoining small room, a kitchen, toilets and an office. There is a playground, lawn and wooded area. The nursery is registered on the Early Years Register and both the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Register. A maximum of 30 children may attend at any one time, all of whom may be in the early years age range. There are currently 37 children aged from two to five years on roll. The nursery is open five days a week from 9am to 3.30pm for 33 weeks of the year, during school term times. It receives funding to provide free early education to children aged three and four years. The nursery supports children who are learning English as an additional language. There are eight members of staff, six of whom have appropriate early years qualifications. The provider holds a Bachelor of Education degree with Qualified Teacher Status. The nursery receives support the local authority early years team in Camden.

The quality and standards of the early years provision

Overall the quality of the provision is outstanding.

What steps need to be taken to improve provision further?

To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should:
Provide more opportunities to further extend children's skills in technology and evaluate the impact of this on their learning.

Effectiveness of the leadership and management is outstanding

The dynamic headteacher is passionate about the nursery. She works with her exemplary management team to provide exceptional leadership for highly motivated and reflective staff. All staff roles and responsibilities are sharply defined with dramatic impact on children's learning. The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Recruitment procedures and induction are thorough. Systems for monitoring staff performance are rigorous. Staff receive supervision of the highest quality and benefit from exceptional training which helps them improve their knowledge and practice. They are very well qualified to address children's additional needs. Staff receive excellent support from the headteacher, which empowers them to reach greater heights. Rigorous tracking systems ensure that no child is left behind. Any identified gaps in achievement close rapidly.

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding

learning opportunities that engage and challenge all children. Planning takes account of children's backgrounds and is based around exciting topics and children's interests. Children are highly motivated and very eager to engage. There is an extremely strong focus on helping children acquire communication and language skills. Children link letters and sounds to form words. They write and punctuate simple sentences and take books home to share with their families. Older children replicate paintings by the Impressionists, inspired by their visit to an art gallery. They give their views on the artwork seen. Children are developing an excellent understanding of the world. They explore and describe natural materials, observe the life cycle of chicks and care for their goldfish. Children learn about people and communities as they research Africa and celebrate various festivals and cultures from around the world. Staff are keen to expand on children's growing skills in the use of information technology. The key-person system is highly successful in engaging parents in their children's education. Parents are very well supported to promote their children's learning at home.

Personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding

Children flourish extremely well in this highly stimulating and inclusive learning environment. They are guided by a set of principles which helps them to monitor their own behaviour and attitude towards others. For example, children know that every action has a reaction. Children's behaviour is exemplary. Their efforts are rewarded and praised. Staff are particularly skilled in nurturing children's personal development. Children know that the staff will always listen. Daily meditation helps children to relax and reflect on their learning. Children have excellent opportunities for daily physical exercise and to learn about healthy eating. Children manage their personal hygiene needs very successfully.

Outcomes for children are outstanding

Children make rapid progress from their starting points and achieve exceedingly well. They are very happy, confident, independent learners with a real thirst for knowledge. They are developing as very well-rounded individuals with excellent skills for future learning.

Annex A: record of inspection judgements

The key inspection judgements and what they mean
Grade 1 is Outstanding: this aspect of the provision is of exceptionally high quality
Grade 2 is Good: this aspect of the provision is strong
Grade 3 is Satisfactory: this aspect of the provision is sound
Grade 4 is Inadequate: this aspect of the provision is not good enough

The overall effectiveness of the early years provision
How well does the setting meet the needs of the children in the Early Years Foundation Stage?
1
The capacity of the provision to maintain continuous improvement
1

The effectiveness of leadership and management of the early years provision
The effectiveness of leadership and management of the Early Years Foundation Stage
1
The effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding ambition and driving improvement
1
The effectiveness with which the setting deploys resources
1
The effectiveness with which the setting promotes equality and diversity
1
The effectiveness of safeguarding
1
The effectiveness of the setting�s self-evaluation, including the steps taken to promote improvement
1
The effectiveness of partnerships
1
The effectiveness of the setting�s engagement with parents and carers
1

The quality of the provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage
The quality of the provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage
1

Outcomes for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Outcomes for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage
1
The extent to which children achieve and enjoy their learning
1
The extent to which children feel safe
1
The extent to which children adopt healthy lifestyles
1
The extent to which children make a positive contribution
1
The extent to which children develop skills for the future
1

Any complaints about the inspection or report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance available from Ofsted�s website: www.ofsted.gov.uk

This inspection was carried out under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006

Annex B: the Childcare Register
The provider confirms that the requirements of the compulsory part of the Childcare Register are: Met