Quality Childcare in Willington & Hilton





The Activity Club
The Old School, Castle Way, Willington, Derby, DE65 6BT

Inspection date:         10 August 2017
Previous inspection date:
29 October 2013

The quality and standards of the early years provision
This inspection: Good 2
Previous inspection: Good 2

Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is good
  • Staff provide a range of imaginative and challenging activities, engaging children of all ages. Resources are bright and colourful. Children and their parents are proud of the tasks they complete at the club.
  • The manager provides caring and purposeful leadership. She sets a clear direction for future development and is supported well by the thoughtful and committed staff team.
  • Children are well behaved. Staff are positive role models and relationships are good. Staff know children and their families well. Staff have a good understanding of how to keep children safe and protected. Children develop strong bonds with staff and form good friendships with other children.
  • Parents appreciate the care staff provide. They know their children's key person well. They receive useful information and guidance about their children's experiences during their time in the club.
  • The club builds good relationships with other settings children attend. Staff share information about children's interests and experiences to support continuity in their care and well-being.
It is not yet outstanding because:
  • The procedures to help staff develop the quality of their teaching to the highest level are not fully embedded.
  • Staff do not consistently help children to think for themselves and deepen their understanding.
What the setting needs to do to improve further

To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should:

  • strengthen the support and training for staff to help them achieve the highest quality of teaching
  • sharpen staff's interaction skills, such as the use of questions, to help children to think more deeply and further develop their understanding.
Inspection activities
  • The inspector observed the quality of teaching during activities indoors and outdoors and assessed the impact this has on children.
  • The inspector completed joint observations with the manager.
  • The inspector spoke to children and staff.
  • The inspector held meetings with the manager. He looked at relevant documentation, such as evidence of the suitability of staff.
  • The inspector spoke to parents and took account of their views.
Inspector:  Andrew Clark

Inspection findings

Effectiveness of the leadership and management is good

The manager is a positive role model. She maintains a warm, caring ethos through periods of change. Priorities for future development reflect the views of children, parents and staff. The manager provides good support for staff overall to help develop their leadership roles, such as for the deputy manager and the special educational needs coordinator.

Safeguarding is effective. All staff have received child protection training and the management ensures their knowledge and understanding is up to date. Staff are well deployed to supervise and care for children, including during collection from the different schools they attend. All staff have first-aid training and know how to respond to an incident.

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good

Staff gather useful information from parents about children's interests and personal development when they first join the club. They use this knowledge well to plan activities which engage and motivate children. They further develop children's enthusiasm by linking activities to themes chosen by the children themselves. Consequently, children are very proud of their creative work, inspired by art from Australia and Greece, in the topic of 'Around the world'. Staff help children to solve problems and meet challenges in their games and activities. For example, children enjoy testing their physical prowess in physical activities based on Scotland's traditional highland games. Staff provide good opportunities for children to listen to stories, read books or dress up and create their own adventures.

Personal development, behaviour and welfare are good

Staff quickly establish good relationships with children. Staff are particularly skilled at helping children who lack confidence in their social skills to settle in well and grow in confidence and assurance. Children of all ages and from different school settings form strong friendships. Parents typically comment that their children really enjoy being at the club and do not want to hurry home. Children learn to be safe and they work with staff to develop the rules for the club. They tidy up together well when they complete an activity or prepare for their meals. Staff encourage children to be independent and confident in their own abilities. They help children to be tolerant towards those who hold different ideas and beliefs to their own. For example, children learn about different cultural festivals and hold special activity days. They make a good contribution to regular charitable fund- raising events, particularly through their baking sales. Staff promote children's knowledge and understanding of hygiene and healthy lifestyles well. They help children to make healthy choices and prepare well-balanced meals and snacks for them.

Outcomes for children

Setting details
Unique reference number     EY248186
Local authority                     Derbyshire
Inspection number               1064384
Type of provision                 Out of school provision
Day care type                      Childcare - Non-Domestic
Registers                             Early Years Register, Compulsory Childcare    
                                            Register, Voluntary Childcare Register
Age range of children          4 - 12
Total number of places        45
Number of children on roll  50
Name of registered person The Activity Club Partnership
Registered person unique
reference number               RP521066
Date of previous inspection 29 October 2013
Telephone number               07788 728391


The Activity Club registered in 2003. The club employs 10 members of childcare staff. Of these, three hold appropriate early years qualifications at level 3 or above. The club opens from Monday to Friday, from 7.30am to 9am and from 2.45pm to 6pm in term time and from 7.30am to 6pm during school holidays.

This inspection was carried out by Ofsted under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006 on the quality and standards of provision that is registered on the Early Years Register. The registered person must ensure that this provision complies with the
statutory framework for children’s learning, development and care, known as the early years foundation stage.


Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the
procedures set out in the guidance ‘Complaints procedure: raising concerns and making complaints about Ofsted’, which is available from Ofsted’s website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted. If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk.

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The Activity Club - Willington
The Old Schoolhouse, Castle Way, Willington, Derby, Derbyshire, DE65 6BT


Inspection date          Previous inspection date
29/10/2013                17/09/2009

The quality and standards of the early years provision
This inspection:   2       Previous inspection:   3

How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend                     2

The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children                                                  2

The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the early years provision                                  2

The quality and standards of the early years provision
This provision is good

  • Staff have very good relationships with the children. They are warm and sensitive to their needs, which means children feel secure in their care and play happily alongside each other.
  • Children are confident and feel valued as they contribute to the planning of activities. They know how to behave and enjoy attending the club.
  • Staff have a good understanding of the ways in which children learn best and are highly skilled in engaging children in activities, to build on what they already know and can do.
  • Partnerships with parents is strong. Staff are open and honest with parents who are well informed and have a good understanding of how staff keep their children safe.
It is not yet outstanding because

  • Occasionally, links with some schools which the children attend are not always robust enough to ensure children's very good learning is fully complemented across settings.
  • Systems to evaluate the impact of staff's very good practice are not always fully focused to further enhance their professional development.

Information about this inspection
Inspections of registered early years provision are:
  •  scheduled at least once in every inspection cycle ¡V the current cycle ends on 31 July 2016
  •  scheduled more frequently where Ofsted identifies a need to do so, for example where provision was previously judged inadequate
  • brought forward in the inspection cycle where Ofsted has received information that suggests the provision may not be meeting the legal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage or where assessment of the provision identifies a need for early inspection
  • prioritised where we have received information that the provision is not meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which suggests children may not be safe
  • scheduled at the completion of an investigation into failure to comply with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The provision is also registered on the voluntary and compulsory parts of the Childcare Register. This report includes a judgment about compliance with the requirements of that register.


Inspection activities
  • The inspector observed activities in the club rooms and in the playground
  • The inspector spoke with children, staff and parents throughout the inspection and took account of their views.
  • The inspector held meetings with the manager and the proprietor.
  • The inspector looked at a sample of documentation, including policies and procedures.
Inspector:     Elaine Tomlinson

Full Report
Information about the setting
The Activity Club was registered in 2003 and is on the Early Years Register and the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Register. It is situated in the Willington area of Derby, and is privately owned.

The club serves the local area and is accessible to all children. It operates from the old school building and uses two large playrooms and the kitchen. There is a fully enclosed area available for outdoor play.

The club opens each week day 7.30am to 9am and 2.45 to 6pm, during school term time and from 7.30am to 6pm during school holidays. Children attend for a variety of sessions. There are currently 81 on roll, of whom seven are in the early years age group.

The setting supports children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. There are eleven staff members employed to work with the children, seven of whom hold appropriate childcare qualifications.

What the setting needs to do to improve further
To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should:
  • extend systems for performance management further in order to evaluate the impact of staff's very good practice, for example, by developing procedures to undertake peer observations
  • enhance relationships with the schools children attend in order to share information about what they are learning, to build even more on what they know and can do.
Inspection judgements

How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend

Children thoroughly enjoy attending the out of school club where they happily engage with their peers in a spacious and welcoming environment.

Children can make choices from a broad range of resources about what they want to do.

The staff supervise the children well and engage them in a good range of challenging and interesting play experiences. Therefore, children are happy to attend.

Children speak to the staff and each other with confidence. Language development is supported as they play, through sharing ideas, thoughts and opinions. Staff model good examples of language and have a secure knowledge of how children learn.

Interactions between staff and children are very positive and adults support and extend children's learning through play and respond to their individual needs appropriately.

For example, during a cooking activity when reading the recipe, the staff member supports the youngest child with letter sounds and encourages the older children to read it for themselves. Children are, subsequently, active learners.

The environment is arranged effectively to support children's learning and development.

Writing materials are readily available and further enhance children's emerging writing skills.

A range of fiction and non-fiction books are accessible in a comfy corner where children relax and have some quiet time, this enhances their literacy.

Craft activities extend children's knowledge of the world as they learn, for example, about the ancient Egyptians as the make pyramids.

A selection of board games promote mathematics and encourage children of all ages to work together to solve problems. For example, children support each other in a game involving numbers and counting.

The outdoor area is easily accessible and offers a wide range of equipment to promote physical development and independence. For example, the older children engage in a game of hockey with a staff member, while the younger children organise a skipping game amongst themselves.

Staff have a robust understanding of what the children already know and can do.

The key person system ensures that the weekly planning of age-appropriate activities and the recording of developmental progress is consistent and accurate.

Staff conduct regular observations and assessments of children, which means the next steps in each child's learning to be effectively identified.

Records show that good progress is being made towards the early learning goals and these are shared with the parents each half term. Planning incorporates the next steps for children and provides a balanced mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities across all areas of learning.

A robust system to support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities ensures that specific targets for their ongoing development are met.

Partnerships with parents are good and they share two-way information daily when dropping off or picking up their children.

A basic enrolment form and 'all about me' forms are completed by parents when the child first starts and each child has a record book in which the staff record significant events. This information exchange ensures that children's individual needs are met during their time at the club.

The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children

Children are confident, happy and comfortable in their surroundings.

Their personal, social and emotional skills develop as they play happily together and form strong friendships across all age groups.

Staff are warm and sensitive to the children who they support to feel secure in their care as they develop strong and positive relationships and this is supported by an effective key person system.

By involving children in the planning of activities and encouraging contributions to the menus, children feel valued and enjoy being part of the setting.

Staff are excellent role models and, as a result, children are extremely well behaved and show great respect for their friends, staff and their environment.

Children express their thoughts about the club by stating that; 'It's fun', 'I love the staff, they are kind'.

Staff have developed great relationships with parents who are also very complimentary about the club. For example, one parent states; 'my daughters are really well supported' and 'the staff are steady and consistent'.

Children's safety is a priority at the holiday club. Staff are proactive in managing risk and positively encourage children to explore and play safely. The rules for a game of hockey are clearly explained and children listen carefully and follow instructions well. They understand their routines and boundaries, which enhances their sense of safety and belonging.

Children thoroughly enjoy lunch time as they sit together and socialise while eating and drinking. Healthy lifestyles are promoted through a range of tasty foods, such as salad, tuna, yoghurts and sandwiches, which the children are encouraged to serve themselves.

Staff sit with children at meal times and engage in their conversation, discussing, for example, what their favourite vegetable is. Children have an enhanced understanding of healthy practices through routines, such as hand washing, and are confident in managing their own needs and accessing the facilities independently.

Staff encourage older children to support their peers with daily tasks. For example, tying shoe laces.

During school term time older children access a separate club room where they are supported to plan and carry out activities of their choosing. This promotes self-confidence and independence and ensures that they have opportunity to further extend their development and express their likes and dislikes. During the walks to and from school older children are buddied with a younger child to develop relationships across the ages. This fosters a sense of responsibility and prepares the younger children for transition into the room.

The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the early years provision

The club has a very low staff turnover and, as a result, staff work well as a team.

The provider and staff are enthusiastic and committed to providing high quality childcare and education for all children attending the club.

The management team have a good overview of the delivery of the educational programmes and encourage staff to work together to plan and evaluate practice.

For example, the key persons meet weekly to ensure that staff build on what the children already know and can do.

The provider fully understands her responsibilities under the safeguarding requirements and, thus, children's welfare is promoted well within the setting. Staff recruitment procedures are robust and the management team have recently attended safeguarding training to update their knowledge. Subsequently, staff have a good understanding of how to keep children safe from harm.

Staff are clear about child protection procedures and whom to report any concerns to. This means children are safe and protected while attending the club. Likewise, staff can deal with minor injuries and incidents to support children's well-being.

Effective policies and procedures are in place, which staff adhere to appropriately.

Risk assessments of the premises and resources are implemented and policies and procedures are embedded in practice to maintain children's safety.

Successful evaluation of practice and the club's needs, clearly identify any areas for further improvement and actions to address these are put in place to good effect.

Recommendations from the last inspection have been addressed and support effective practice.

The staff team meet regularly to discuss and evaluate their practice. There are effective performance management systems in place and annual appraisals provide opportunities for staff to evaluate their own practice and professional development. However, they have not yet fully explored the use of other methods to evaluate staff practice, including peer observations. This means opportunities to fully benefit from each other's knowledge and experiences and further enhance professional development are not used as well as possible.

All staff are fully committed to working in partnership with parents. Parents are invited to visit the club, which supports their children to settle quickly as individual needs have been identified and effectively addressed.

Policies are shared openly with the parents and, consequently, they understand how staff keep their children safe and promote their well-being.

The club has a strong relationship with the neighbouring pre-school and works hard to build partnerships with the nine schools the children attend. The manager has developed robust relations with one particular school where staff attend meetings to discuss the children's learning and development. Some information is shared daily between all settings, however, this does not fully include information about children's learning, which means sometimes opportunities are missed to further complement learning across settings.

The Childcare Register
The requirements for the compulsory part of the Childcare Register are            Met
The requirements for the voluntary part of the Childcare Register are            Met

What inspection judgements mean
Registered early years provision
Grade      Judgement    
Grade 1         Outstanding
Outstanding provision is highly effective in meeting the needs of all children exceptionally well. This ensures that children are very well prepared for the next stage of their learning.

Grade 2          Good
Good provision is effective in delivering provision that meets the needs of all children well. This ensures children are ready for the next stage of their learning.

Grade 3          Satisfactory
Satisfactory provision is performing less well than expectations in one or more of the key areas. It requires improvement in order to be good.

Grade 4          Inadequate
Provision that is inadequate requires significant improvement and/or enforcement action. The provision is failing to give children an acceptable standard of early years education and/or is not meeting the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. It will be inspected again within 12 months of the date of this inspection.

Met
The provision has no children on roll. The inspection judgement is that the provider continues to meet the requirements for registration.

Not met
The provision has no children on roll. The inspection judgement is that the provider does not meet the requirements for registration.

Inspection
This inspection was carried out by Ofsted under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006 on the quality and standards of provision that is registered on the Early Years Register. The registered person must ensure that this provision complies with the statutory framework for children’s learning, development and care, known as the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Setting details
Unique reference number          EY248186
Local authority                      Derbyshire
Inspection number                   877498
Type of provision
Registration category              Childcare - Non-Domestic
Age range of children              0 - 17
Total number of places             45
Number of children on roll         81
Name of provider                   The Activity Club Limited
Date of previous inspection        17/09/2009
Telephone number                   07788 728391

Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance ‘Complaints procedure: raising concerns and making complaints about Ofsted’, which is available from Ofsted’s website: www.ofsted.gov.uk. If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk.

Type of provision
For the purposes of this inspection the following definitions apply:

Full-time provision is that which operates for more than three hours. These are usually known as nurseries, nursery schools and pre-schools and must deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage. They are registered on the Early Years Register and pay the higher fee for registration.

Sessional provision operates for more than two hours but does not exceed three hours in any one day. These are usually known as pre-schools, kindergartens or nursery schools and must deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage. They are registered on the Early Years Register and pay the lower fee for registration.

Childminders care for one or more children where individual children attend for a period of more than two hours in any one day. They operate from domestic premises, which are usually the childminder’s own home. They are registered on the Early Years Register and must deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Out of school provision may be sessional or full-time provision and is delivered before or after school and/or in the summer holidays. They are registered on the Early Years Register and must deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage. Where children receive their Early Years Foundation Stage in school these providers do not have to deliver the learning and development requirements in full but should complement the experiences children receive in school.

Inspection report:
The Activity Club - Willington, 29/10/2013