Quality Childcare in Willington & Hilton

Inspection report for early years provision

Unique Reference NumberEY248179
Inspection date01 November 2007
InspectorAnn Winifred Harrison
Setting AddressVillage Hall, Peacroft Lane, Hilton, Derbyshire, DE65 5GH
Telephone number01283 701656
E-maildeb@theactivityclub.com
Registered personThe Activity Club
Type of inspectionChildcare
Type of careOut of School care

About this inspection

The purpose of this inspection is to assure government, parents and the public of the quality of childcare and, if applicable, of nursery education. The inspection was carried out under Part XA Children Act 1989 as introduced by the Care Standards Act 2000 and, where nursery education is provided, under Schedule 26 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

This report details the main strengths and any areas for improvement identified during the inspection. The judgements included in the report are made in relation to the outcomes for children set out in the Children Act 2004; the National Standards for under 8s day care and childminding; and, where nursery education is provided, the Curriculum guidance for the foundation stage.

The report includes information on any complaints about the childcare provision which Ofsted has received since the last inspection or registration or 1 April 2004 whichever is the later.

The key inspection judgements and what they mean

Outstanding:
this aspect of the provision is of exceptionally high quality
Good:
this aspect of the provision is strong
Satisfactory:
this aspect of the provision is sound
Inadequate:
this aspect of the provision is not good enough

For more information about early years inspections, please see the booklet Are you ready for your inspection? which is available from Ofsted's website: www.ofsted.gov.uk.

THE QUALITY AND STANDARDS OF THE CARE

On the basis of the evidence collected on this inspection:

The quality and standards of the care are satisfactory. The registered person meets the National Standards for under 8s day care and childminding.

WHAT SORT OF SETTING IS IT?

The Activity Club Hilton is one of two groups run by the provider. It opened in 1999 though was registered under new management in 2002. It operates from rooms in the village hall, Hilton, Derbyshire. A maximum of 43 children may attend the out of school club at any one time. The out of school club is open each weekday from 07:30 to 08:30 and then 15:30 until 18:00 term time only. Children have access to an outdoor play area.

There are currently 92 children aged from four to 11 years on roll. The club is able to support children with learning difficulties and/ or disabilities, and children who speak English as an additional language. The out of school club employs 11 staff. Six of the staff, including the manager hold appropriate early years qualifications. One member of staff is working towards a qualification. The club is a member of 4 Children, formerly known as the Kids Club Network.

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROVISION

Helping children to be healthy

The provision is satisfactory. Children's good health and well-being is promoted in the setting. They learn the importance of personal hygiene through good daily routines and are independent in their self-care skills. They know that they need to wash their hands before eating their snack 'to wash the germs off'. Their individual dietary needs are met effectively as staff check the list of allergies and special needs, each day to ensure children are protected. Children are offered healthy snacks such as a variety of sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetable sticks. Staff discuss the need to eat fresh fruit and vegetables and this helps to promote children's understanding of healthy eating. There is a constant supply of water or juice which children can access when they are thirsty. This helps to keep children healthy.

Staff follow suitable hygiene procedures when preparing children's food to ensure they remain healthy. They wash their hands and wipe all the tables before use. They are aware of their responsibilities to report communicable diseases and clear procedures for sick and infectious children help prevent the spread of infection. Effective accident and medication records are in place to safeguard children's welfare. Procedures for caring for children who may become ill are effective in ensuring that children are well cared for and their individual needs are met.

Children enjoy physical activities both indoors and outside. The group have use of the centres playground where children enjoy physical exercise and open space. They take part in games and sports such as football and tennis. During bad weather children enjoy physical play in the play room. This ensures their physical development is fostered effectively.

Protecting children from harm or neglect and helping them stay safe

The provision is satisfactory. Children are well-supervised inside and outdoors, staff ensure that adult to child ratios are maintained at all times which helps to keep them safe. Space is organised so children can move freely and safely within the room. Staff carry out regular safety checks inside and outside the setting. However, detailed risk assessments are limited, which means that risks are not always identified and minimised to promote children's safety. Children enjoy access to a good range of safe toys and equipment, which are well maintained by the setting.

Children are learning to keep themselves safe by regular discussion of the safety rules, such as, staying close to a member of staff when walking to and from school, ensuring they stop, look and listen before they cross the road and not going near the car park when they play outside. They know how to react in an emergency by practising the emergency escape drill. Documentation is in place to ensure children's welfare is safeguarded, such as a procedure to be followed if a child is lost or uncollected. Satisfactory security precautions contribute to children's safety. For example, staff monitor access to the provision closely and there is a good system for registering children's arrival and departure as they come and go. Staff do regular head counts to ensure that all children are accounted for and this helps to keep them safe.

Staff have a good understanding of child protection procedures and are confident in their role to protect children from risk of harm and know what procedures to follow if they have concerns about a child in their care. They know the procedure to follow if an allegation is made against a member of staff. This means children are protected.

Helping children achieve well and enjoy what they do

The provision is satisfactory. Children settle well in the out of school club's welcoming environment. They confidently engage in self chosen play activities from the range of available resources. Children benefit from taking part in the organised games both inside and outside. They are able to be active or play quietly according to their needs. They enjoy physical play, such as running around in the playground and taking part in ball games. They also take pleasure in quieter activities, for example, playing with the dolls house and construction toys. Staff plan a basic programme of activities to interest all children, however, the children decide what they want to do and staff are led by the children's ideas. For example, children enjoy art and craft activities and therefore this is a regular feature in the weekly plans. Children's ideas are valued and this promotes children's self-esteem. A variety of art and craft activities are provided such as making Halloween masks and designing their own badges. As a result children show interest in the activities and have a high level of concentration.

Children increase their confidence and self-worth as they develop positive relationships with staff members and with their peers. Children enjoy their time in the setting. They are able to voice their opinions and are well supported by staff, who are happy to listen to them. They are confident and can play well on their own or with others. They are learning to negotiate within their play as they participate in group games and activities.

Helping children make a positive contribution

The provision is satisfactory. Children enter the group happily and confidently and discuss their day with their peers and staff. They are confident to seek the help and support of staff and happily engage them in conversation. Children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and children who speak English as an additional language are warmly welcomed into the setting. Staff support children well and their individual needs are met. Staff ensure that they are included in all activities.

Children are valued and respected as individuals by staff. They know the children well and are able to meet their individual needs. Good use of praise and encouragement by staff helps build children's self-esteem and confidence. They are given good opportunities to decide what toys and equipment are used. Children benefit from the effective working relationship that staff have established with their parents. Verbal and written information about their welfare, activities and behaviour is exchanged on a daily basis. Parents have access to the setting's policies and procedures and are asked for their opinions through discussion. This means parents are informed and their views are valued. However, the complaints procedure has not been updated with the correct contact details of the regulator. This means parents are not fully informed of how to make a complaint.

Children enjoy their time in the setting, they say 'we like the craft activities and we like to play football'. They are learning to play together cooperatively, sharing and taking turns with toys and equipment such as construction toys and outdoor equipment. Their behaviour is good in response to the clear boundaries set by staff. Children learn about different cultures and the world around them through planned activities such as celebrating Chinese New Year and Eid. However, there are few resources that reflect diversity which limits children's understanding of others.

Organisation

The organisation is satisfactory. Children benefit from an organised routine and a comfortable environment. They are settled and are confident to approach the staff for support. Appropriate adult and child ratios are maintained to support children's care and play. Staff are deployed well so that children can play inside or outside. Suitable recruitment and vetting procedures ensure that children are well protected and cared for by practitioners with knowledge and understanding of child development. Induction procedures ensure that staff are clear about their roles and responsibilities which enhances the care offered to children.

Detailed written policies and procedures are used to promote the care and welfare of the children and keep parents informed. Staff establish positive working relationships with parents to enable quality care to be provided for the children. Children benefit from staff who attend relevant courses to update their knowledge and understanding of childcare issues to continue to promote children's health, safety and well-being. Overall, children's needs are met.

Improvements since the last inspection

At the last inspection the provider was asked to: conduct a risk assessment on the premises identifying actions to be taken to minimize identified risks, particularly in relation to hot water in children's toilets and storage for children's coats and bags; ensure that the child protection procedure for the out of school club complies with local Area Child Protection Committee (ACPC) procedures and updated guidance 'What to do if you're worried a child is being abused' and update staff's knowledge of referral procedures.

To address these issues the setting have consulted with the caretakers of the building to reduce the temperature of the hot water, however, due to health and hygiene regulations the temperature cannot be reduced further. To avoid any risk to children they are told not to use the hot water but to use cold water. The setting have purchased new coat racks for storage of children's coats and bags. This ensures they are stored appropriately. The setting have revised the child protection policy in line with the new Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures and now have copies of the relevant guidance. The policy has been given to staff and some staff have attended child protection training. This means children are protected.

Complaints since the last inspection

Since the last inspection there have been no complaints made to Ofsted that required the provider or Ofsted to take any action in order to meet the National Standards.

The provider is required to keep a record of complaints made by parents, which they can see on request. The complaints record may contain complaints other than those made to Ofsted.

THE QUALITY AND STANDARDS OF THE CARE

On the basis of the evidence collected on this inspection:

The quality and standards of the care are satisfactory. The registered person meets the National Standards for under 8s day care and childminding.

WHAT MUST BE DONE TO SECURE FUTURE IMPROVEMENT?

The quality and standards of the care

To improve the quality and standards of care further the registered person should take account of the following recommendation(s):

  • develop further the system of risk assessment to identify action to be taken to minimise identified risks
  • increase resources that reflect diversity
  • revise the complaints procedure to include the address and the telephone number of the regulator and ensure that it is shared with parents

Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the leaflet Complaints about Ofsted Early Years: concerns or complaints about Ofsted's role in regulating and inspecting childcare and early education (HMI ref no 2599) which is available from Ofsted's website: www.ofsted.gov.uk