Ofsted says Swindon nursery and pre-school needs to improve

By Barrie Hudson - 13 May 2024

EducationPre-school & Childcare

The results of a March Ofsted inspection at Shine Bright Nursery and Pre-School have been released.

The inspectors have concluded that improvement is needed, although they had a number of positive things to say about provision at Shine Bright, which is located at Delta Office Park in Welton Road.
The inspectors said in their report: "What is it like to attend this early years setting? The provision requires improvement Staff are kind and caring, and children settle quickly on arrival.
"The nursery's ethos empowers children to make their own choices about what they do from an early age. However, the curriculum is not challenging enough to meet the needs of all children, and staff do not organise learning well enough to ensure that all children benefit from a range of experiences. 
"For example, while most children join in with the wide variety of activities on offer, such as singing, listening to stories and exploring sensory materials, some do not. At times, less confident and quieter children wander around without any meaningful interactions with staff to extend their learning. 
"Some children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) do not receive the support they need to close gaps in their learning. Children have clear attachments to staff and seek them out for support when needed. 
"However, some staff are not aware of their key children's home languages to fully nurture children's understanding of what makes them unique."
The report continues: "Pre-school children often share and take turns, which staff praise well. Behaviour is generally good. However, staff do not always organise routines and group activities well enough, particularly in the toddler room, to help children learn what positive social behaviour is and what it is not. 
"For example, staff do not intervene when too many children join adult-led activities. This results in children competing and pushing each other, often without staff being aware. Staff working with older children encourage them to wipe their own noses and attend to their own toileting to develop their independence in preparation for school. Despite this, hygiene measures are not always effective in ensuring the prevention of the spread of infection. What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better? 
"The manager and staff have worked together to devise the curriculum. However, it is not organised in a way that builds on what children already know and can do to ensure they make good progress. For example, staff plan activities to nurture children's interests but do not always consider or understand the intended learning. As a result, staff interactions with children are not always effective in building children's knowledge and skills. n Children choose whether or not to join in with adult-led group activities, which helps them learn to make their own decisions. However, staff do not manage these in a way that ensures all children can take part. For example, children crowd around the tables, and some cannot see or hear what is happening and lose interest. Staff do not notice when the same children opt out each time or take action to invite them to join in. n Children enjoy healthy, well-balanced meals provided by the nursery."

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