|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||21 September 2017|
|Address||Stepping Stones, Redhill Road, STOCKTON-ON-TEES, Cleveland, TS19 9BX|
|Phone Number||01642 611 239|
|Type||Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care|
Summary of key findings for parents
This provision is good Staff have a secure understanding of how to help children learn through play. They are skilled at following children’s lead and provide a range of stimulating activities which captures their interests. Children are keen explorers and make good progress, overall. Staff help older children develop the skills they need in preparation for starting school. Children show confidence and accuracy using mathematical language in their discussions and begin to recognise their own name in print. All children have secure bonds with their key person and have built relationships with all staff. Babies are very settled and happy. Older children show high levels of confidence and self-esteem. This has a positive impact on their emotional well-being. Children’s behaviour is consistently good throughout the setting. Staff use praise effectively and all children, including the youngest, respond well to boundaries. Leaders regularly gather feedback from parents and carers to help them evaluate their provision. Parents are extremely happy with the staff and describe them as genuine, caring, supportive and welcoming. This demonstrates effective partnership working. It is not yet outstanding because: Sometimes, staff do not sharply focus their teaching to further develop every child’s communication and language skills to the highest level. The existing procedures to monitor all staff’s practice are not highly effective. This means that some staff’s professional development does not focus on improving their teaching skills.