Noahs Ark Playgroup

Name Noahs Ark Playgroup
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 06 June 2019
Address Full Gospel Mission, Pentecostal Church, James Street, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3BX
Phone Number 01530 817061
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Sessional day care
Gender Mixed
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is good • The manager and staff have developed extremely effective partnerships with parents. Parents heap praise on the staff for their friendly, welcoming approach and the high level of individual care and attention that their children receive. These strong partnerships help children make good progress from their starting points. • The manager and staff work effectively with external agencies and other settings that children attend. This helps them to plan successfully for all children and provide high levels of support for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The manager uses additional funding very well to help close the gaps in children’s learning. • Children immerse themselves in the wide range of exciting activities that staff plan. Staff make good use of the large outdoor areas to help children who prefer to learn outside. They have followed children’s interest in making dens and provided a large selection of wood and other building resources. Staff have added interesting opportunities to make marks as children play in their dens. • Staff promote children’s reading skills well. They have used their learning from a local reading project to develop their skills and practice. Staff help children to recognise that print carries meaning and identify familiar words in their environment, such as the names of local supermarkets. Parents value the information and ideas that they receive from staff to help them support children’s early reading. • The manager and her staff promote a caring ethos at the playgroup. They acknowledge and celebrate children’s acts of kindness, such as when children help others to put their shoes on. Children talk about helping others as they look at photographs of themselves making soup for the homeless. • Occasionally, staff do not share next steps in children’s learning with co-workers. This means that at times, as children join other groups, staff miss opportunities to challenge their learning even further. • At times, such as lunch or preparing to clear away, staff do not help some children to understand what they need to do. These children then distract others from their task or activity.