Newtown Community Learning Center t/a First Steps Day Nursery


Name Newtown Community Learning Center t/a First Steps Day Nursery
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 06 August 2019
Address Newtown Community Primary School, Newtown Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 7LW
Phone Number 01228 522249
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed

Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is outstandingnA culture of reflective practice is extremely well embedded throughout the whole nursery. Leaders and staff alike show a show passion and commitment to delivering the best service for children and their families. They are proactive and consistently reflect on their practice, accurately identifying where improvements can be made.nChildren with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are provided with exceptional support. Staff work collaboratively with all involved, including healthcare professionals, and advice is accurately and swiftly threaded into individual plans. Staff make every effort to ensure all children are fully included and reach their full potential. nTeaching is outstanding. Staff use their expert knowledge to provide children with support that is extremely well matched to their developmental needs. Staff are entirely in tune with children, sensitively joining in with their play ideas or understanding the importance of giving them uninterrupted times to play and explore. All children make excellent progress. nPartnerships with parents are superb. Leaders and staff place high priority on providing every opportunity for parents to be involved in their children’s learning, in the nursery and at home. For example, home learning boxes and monthly challenges for parents to complete with their children at home have had a positive impact on children’s learning. nChildren thoroughly enjoy their time at this exceptionally warm and nurturing setting. Parents take the lead on settling-in arrangements, entirely accommodated by staff. As a result, children settle in quickly and develop a strong sense of inclusion and positive attachments with their key person and staff they regularly see.