Sowing Seeds Pre-School

Name Sowing Seeds Pre-School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 03 February 2020
Address Life Church Cuffley, King James Avenue, Cuffley, Hertfordshire, EN6 4LN
Phone Number 07749 911419
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises
Gender Mixed
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children thrive at the pre-school. They happily arrive and register themselves independently. Children’s emotional well-being is at the heart of everything the staff do. Staff form special relationships with families. Parents readily turn to staff for support and guidance. Children quickly develop their emotional understanding, placing their name cards in boxes to share how they feel. Children form strong bonds and friendships. They clap and praise their friends as staff recognise children’s achievements. Children respond positively and smile proudly. They help their friends find solutions to problems. For instance, they help them to work out how many more stickers they need as they practise their counting.Children are exceptionally well prepared for their move to school. They benefit from the structure of the session. All children sit and focus during whole-group time. They participate fully and accurately identify the month and year. Children feel safe, which helps them to develop their confidence. They bring in creations from home and speak to their friends about what they have made. They explain what each part does and how it works. Children have high levels of independence. They complete tasks for themselves, such as washing up plates and cups at the end of snack time.

What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?

nParents recognise the hard work and dedication of the whole staff team. They comment that the staff provide a real community atmosphere. Staff organise events for families so that they can build their own friendships with one another. They accommodate additional sessions for children to support parents. This helps children to feel secure and provides them with continuity of care.nStaff have an extremely strong knowledge of the children they care for. They monitor and track children’s progress closely. This helps them to rapidly identify any areas where children need additional support. Staff use additional funding that the setting receives effectively to quickly address any gaps. As a result, children make rapid progress in all areas of their learning and development.nChildren quickly develop their language and communication skills. Staff skilfully extend children’s vocabulary, for example by introducing new words, such as ’chrysalis’, while they read stories. The youngest children openly talk about what they are doing. They consistently use their new-found language to engage effectively with others. For instance, children confidently speak to visitors about the different vehicles they find as they tidy up the toys.nStaff integrate mathematical learning into all areas of the curriculum. They constantly extend children’s learning. Children are highly motivated learners. They concentrate as they cut spaghetti to reveal toy dinosaurs. They place the dinosaurs side by side. Staff explain that the dinosaurs are next to each other.Children respond positively to challenges that staff give them, such as placing the dinosaur on top and behind other objects. Staff instinctively challenge children to check their answers. For instance, children miscount the number of circles on the caterpillar they make. Staff remind them to count and check again. This helps children to count with increasing confidence and accuracy.nStaff plan effectively for each child’s needs. They respond immediately to discussions they hold with children, planning how to extend their knowledge even further. For instance, they hold discussions about healthy eating with children at snack time. Children recap on their previous learning. They confidently identify that the cucumber they eat has vitamins and minerals inside. Staff build on this, talking about calcium and protein. Staff discuss with one another how they can build on this learning even further in future sessions.nStaff work seamlessly as a team and their welfare is of the highest priority to the manager. Staff feel fully supported in their roles. The manager provides them with highly focused and effective professional development opportunities. She monitors staff’s performance regularly. This helps her to ensure that their teaching is of the highest standard possible. Staff are highly reflective practitioners. They complete observations on one another, giving helpful feedback openly and honestly.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.Children’s welfare and safety are paramount to the whole staff team. They implement the setting’s policies effectively. Staff and volunteers complete safeguarding training, and the manager regularly checks their knowledge. Staff carefully consider how to ensure children’s safety and well-being indoors and outdoors. They ensure that the building is secure at all times. Staff have a strong understanding of the signs that children may be at risk of abuse or neglect. Staff are aware of wider safeguarding issues, such as how to identify children who may be at risk of being exposed to extreme views or behaviours.