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This is a copy of the 2004 Ofsted report for St Marks Square Nursery School, St Marks Church, Regents Park, London, NW1 7TN

Ofsted
DAY CARE INSPECTION REPORT

URN 100604

INSPECTION DETAILS

Inspection date: 29/11/2004
Inspector: Margaret Jean Moore

SETTING DETAILS

Day Care Type:Full Day Care
Setting Name: St. Marks Sq. Nursery School
Setting Address:
St Marks Church
Regents Park
London
NW1 7TN

REGISTERED PROVIDER DETAILS

Name: Ms Sheema Parsons

ABOUT THE INSPECTION

The purpose of this inspection is to assure government, parents and the public of the quality and standard of day care. When making judgements, inspectors have regard to how well the provider meets the National Standards for under Eights Day Care and Childminding. A list of these is attached. The report identifies strengths and areas for improvement.

This inspection report must be made available to all parents.

Information about the setting


St. Marks Square Nursery School opened in 1983.

It operates from a church hall, within a residential area. The nursery serves the local area and is registered to provide care for 28 children aged under 5 years. There are currently 40 children on roll, this includes 22 funded 3 and 4- year-olds.

The nursery supports children who speak English as an additional language. The setting has systems in place for supporting children with special educational needs.

The nursery opens from 09:00 to 15:30hrs. Offering a variety of sessions, five days a week, term time only.

Seven members of staff work directly with the children. They have a variety of qualifications in early years.

How good is the Day Care?


St. Marks Square Nursery School provides a good standard of care. The nursery school has a committed staff team that is well deployed to meet the care and educational needs of the children. A Montessori teaching concept is in place as well as a holistic, spiritually based programme.

The premises are secure and welcoming, the activity room has structured activities that are planned to meet individual needs and promote the children's learning and development. For free play periods they choose from a variety of suitable play materials developing their confidence and independence.

Stimulating and challenging activities are set out in the rooms that are suitable for the age range and ability of the children, however, there is not a suitable range of play materials that reflect positive images. There are satisfactory, written profiles on each child that is shared regularly with parents, the information is used to plan activities to support the children's learning and development.

There is access to an outdoor area with sufficient and appropriate equipment that the children used confidently and with enjoyment.

The children are well behaved, staff are attentive and praise consistently. There is good support for children with special needs and the staff are aware of their responsibility regarding child protection issues.

The partnership with parents is good; the parents are greeted as they arrive and information on the child's day is shared. There is a good parents association " friends of St. Marks" that organises fund raising and social events for the nursery school.

Curriculum plans are displayed and a well informed parents notice board ensures they receive up to date information about the service.

What has improved since the last inspection?

No actions set at the last inspection.

What is being done well?

The nursery has a committed team of staff, that are well qualified and experienced, this has a positive impact on children's overall development.

The provision for children with special needs is well managed, through updating their training, staff have a good understanding of child protection procedures.

Curriculum planning is well-organised, with satisfactory profiles written on each child. Children are provided with a wide range of play opportunities relating to their learning and developmental needs.

Behaviour is managed with staff using positive methods to engage children's attention and rewarded them with frequent praise.

There are strong links with parents, who are welcomed on arrival. The well organised notice board gives parents information on all aspects of the service.

What needs to be improved?


Develop play materials that reflect positive images of the diverse community.

Previous Complaints
(This section applies only to inspections carried out from September 2004. The complaint record relates to complaints from the last inspection or 1st April 2004 whichever is later.)

None

Outcome of the inspection

Good

CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION

All registered persons must comply with all conditions of registration included on his/her certificate of registration.

As a result of this inspection conditions of registration have been imposed / varied / removed and a new certificate of registration will be issued.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE NEXT?

The Regisered Person should have regard to the following recommendations by the time of the next inspection

Std Recommendation 9

ensure that children have access to an appropriate range of activities and resources that promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.

SUMMARY OF NATIONAL STANDARDS


STANDARD 1 - SUITABLE PERSON

Adults providing day care, looking after children or having unsupervised access to them are suitable to do so.

STANDARD 2 - ORGANISATION

The registered person meets required adult: child ratios, ensures that training and qualifications requirements are met and organises space and resources to meet the children's needs effectively.

STANDARD 3 - CARE, LEARNING AND PLAY

The registered person meets children's individual needs and promotes their welfare. They plan and provide activities and play opportunities to develop children's emotional, physical, social and intellectual capabilities.

STANDARD 4 - PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

The premises are safe, secure and suitable for their purpose. They provide adequate space in an appropriate location, are welcoming to children and offer access to the necessary facilities for a range of activities which promote their development.

STANDARD 5 - EQUIPMENT

Furniture, equipment and toys are provided which are appropriate for their purpose and help to create an accessible and stimulating environment. They are of suitable design and condition, well maintained and conform to safety standards.

STANDARD 6 - SAFETY

The registered person takes positive steps to promote safety within the setting and on outings and ensures proper precautions are taken to prevent accidents.

STANDARD 7 - HEALTH

The registered person promotes the good health of children and takes positive steps to prevent the spread of infection and appropriate measures when they are ill.

STANDARD 8 - FOOD AND DRINK

Children are provided with regular drinks and food in adequate quantities for their needs. Food and drink is properly prepared, nutritious and complies with dietary and religious requirements.

STANDARD 9 - EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

The registered person and staff actively promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all children.

STANDARD 10 - SPECIAL NEEDS (INCLUDING SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES)

The registered person is aware that some children may have special needs and is proactive in ensuring that appropriate action can be taken when such a child is identified or admitted to the provision. Steps are taken to promote the welfare and development of the child within the setting in partnership with the parents and other relevant parties.

STANDARD 11 - BEHAVIOUR

Adults caring for children in the provision are able to manage a wide range of children's behaviour in a way which promotes their welfare and development.

STANDARD 12 - WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS AND CARERS

The registered person and staff work in partnership with parents and to meet the needs of the children, both individually and as a group. Information is shared.

STANDARD 13 - CHILD PROTECTION

The registered person complies with local child protection procedures approved by the Area Child Protection Committee and ensures that all adults working and looking after children in the provision are able to put the procedures into practice.

STANDARD 14 - DOCUMENTATION

Records, policies and procedures which are required for the efficient and safe management of the provision, or to promote the welfare, care and learning of children are maintained. Records about individual children are shared with the child's parent.