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This is a copy of the 2011 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: 05 Dec 2011
Inspector: Anita Clifford
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 overall effectiveness of the early years provision

Overall the quality of the provision is outstanding.

The nursery provides a vibrant yet calm environment enabling all children to excel and feel good. Outcomes for children are exemplary overall and all aspects of the provision are excellent. Highly effective partnerships with parents and other agencies ensure staff meet children's individual needs very successfully. The outstanding leadership and management ensure continuous improvement and excellent outcomes for children.

What steps need to be taken to improve provision further?

To further improve the high quality early years provision the registered person should consider:
Extend children's ability to gain useful skills for the future by teaching children to form letters correctly, as appropriate.

The effectiveness of leadership and management of the early years provision

Management and staff apply highly effective procedures to safeguard children. All staff have thorough background checks to assess their suitability to work with children. There are robust daily checks in place together with a rigorous annual risk assessment. Staff carry out very effective fire drills with small groups of children and evaluate these rigorously to maximise safety. High levels of first aid qualifications help to ensure that staff can deal with accidents and incidents very effectively. The nursery has highly effective relationships with local services, such as local community officers, who often drop by and talk to children about safety. The nursery provides a wide range of highly stimulating and creative resources both indoors and outdoors. Staff make excellent use of their time and resources to promote children's learning. The premises are very welcoming and recent improvements, such as a sensory garden, have a very positive affect on children. Management and staff are highly successful in promoting equality and diversity. They organise many excellent cultural events to increase children's knowledge in the wider community. Children who are learning English as an additional language make excellent progress. They rapidly develop communication skills in English and quickly make friends with other children. Staff have an exemplary approach to valuing children's individual backgrounds. For example, systems to teach children new words in different languages help them respect and understand each other very successfully. The nursery has exemplary partnerships in place with parents to support children's learning. Parents report that they are extremely happy with the nursery, often commenting on the exceptional range of activities that stimulate their children's interests. They receive very good information about their children's progress and staff actively encourage them to support learning at home. For example, the nursery runs a 'dads' group' out of hours to fully value and encourage input from fathers. When children are ready to leave the nursery, staff provide excellent support to parents in choosing schools to suit each child. The nursery has excellent partnerships with other professionals; for example, very good relationships with local schools enhance continuity for children most successfully. Management work extremely closely with their early years consultant and other professionals to meet the needs of individual children. The key person system builds on exceptionally secure relationships and, consequently, children develop high self esteem.. There are regular staff meetings and useful daily 'morning briefs' to share expert knowledge amongst the team and promote outstanding practice. Management regularly review the provision, and seek extensive input from staff and parents to evaluate practice accurately and drive continuous improvement exceedingly well.

The quality and standards of the early years provision and outcomes for children

Children make excellent progress towards the early learning goals. The nursery provides a highly nurturing environment, which children explore with great curiosity. Children are uninterrupted during play and immerse themselves fully in purposeful activities throughout sessions. The excellent range of activities, which staff carefully plan, are extremely successful in helping children to secure the skills they need for the future. This planning take full account of children's individual needs, interests and capabilities to ensure that their learning is challenging and relevant. Children make particularly excellent progress in communication, language and
literacy. For example, they very confidently find their name labels and are able to identify the letter that these start with. They use resources, such as coloured chalks and metallic pencils, to draw seasonal pictures, applying their newly gained skills. They receive excellent encouragement from staff to write for different purposes, although they are not fully confident in forming letters correctly. During 'circle time', staff talk about the 'principle of the week', such as 'every action has a reaction'. As a result, children very confidently and articulately give examples of what this means to them, such as saying sorry to someone if you hurt them. Such discussions demonstrate that children can think clearly for themselves. Younger children become engrossed listening to stories and show that they feel very settled. Children are also making very good progress in their mathematical understanding. Activities, such as weighing out flour using digital scales or considering if names are long or short, very successfully help them to make mathematical connections in their learning. Children develop an exceptional understanding about the local community and the wider environment by taking part in a wide range of exciting outings. For example, they visit art galleries and look at famous paintings, recalling their experiences by painting their own masterpieces back at the nursery. They take great pleasure in this, exclaiming, 'it's me at the gallery!' Children show great curiosity as they take vacuum cleaners apart to explore how the components work. They learn about life cycles very effectively as the nursery has its own caterpillar and butterfly houses. Children learn to set the butterflies free and coat paper plates with honey, which they hang on branches outside to feed them. They also learn about life in other countries with great sensitivity and a respect for others. Children show an excellent understanding of how to stay safe. They practise walking safely in the corridor with staff so that, when parents collect them, they immediately hold their hands to keep safe in the street. Children show high levels of understanding as they talk about road safety and learn about people in the environment that keep them safe. Children show a strong sense of security and an excellent understanding of behaviour. Children show a very good understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. They independently follow excellent hygiene procedures, including washing their hands before they have lunch. They receive excellent support from staff to understand healthy eating. They enjoy nutritious lunch boxes as the nursery provides very good guidance to parents. They engage in a wide range of physical activities outdoors and gain a secure understanding of the importance of exercise.

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