YMCA Little Whale Day Nursery


Name YMCA Little Whale Day Nursery
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 01 August 2019
Address H M S Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth, PO2 8ER
Phone Number 02392 547182
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed

Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is good • The leadership team consistently and accurately evaluates the quality of the provision. It has a good vision for the nursery’s future and carries out well-targeted action plans. For example, the environment in the pre-school room has been adapted to support two-year-old children’s personal independence better. • Staff are warm and attentive towards children. They create a nurturing and stimulating environment which engages children in purposeful play and learning experiences successfully. This helps all children to make good developmental progress. • Children are extremely happy and have fun at nursery. They build very strong relationships with the staff and are very well behaved. Younger children moving to the pre-school room are especially well supported in their new and exciting environment. • The staff fully understand the needs of the children in the unique community they live in. They find solutions to support children emotionally. For example, parents on deployment take the nursery mascot ’Walice’ with them and send photographs, which staff make into a book for children. • The staff provide excellent opportunities for children to participate in challenging outdoor play in the garden and on outings on the highly secure naval island. Older children relish time around the fire pit and learn good skills and knowledge about fire safety and outdoor cooking. • The management systems to monitor and develop staff practice are relatively new and not fully embedded. As a result, the teaching, particularly in the youngest age group, is not of the highest quality. • Staff work particularly well supporting and communicating with parents of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. However, the required written information shared with parents on children’s learning and development between the ages of two and three lacks clarity.