• Like all providers of pre-school care and development, Little Acorns is assessed by Ofsted and our local authorities on a regular basis.
  • As we also provide food and drink for our children, our food hygiene is also regularly assessed.
  • Pre-school providers also have to undertake and fully report on their own internal evaluations, called ‘SEFS’

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Ofsted focus on the following areas in their inspection:

  • how well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend
  • the contribution of the early years provision to children’s well-being
  • the leadership and management of the early years provision
  • Our nursery was rated as GOOD in each area

Report Excerpts:

  • The learning environment is organised to afford children access to a range of good quality age appropriate resources that cover all areas of learning both indoors and
  • Children enjoy their time at the nursery where their individual needs are well met and valued including those who are learning English as an additional language and/or children who need additional support.
  • The provider has created a culture of reflective practice to enable staff to identify their strengths and areas for further development therefore improving the outcomes for
  • The friendly staff team have forged strong relationships with other professionals including local schools that children attend. This enables them to provide continuity in children’s care and learning.
  • The learning environment is organised to afford children access to a range of good quality age appropriate resources that cover all areas of learning both indoors and
  • Children enjoy their time at the nursery where their individual needs are well met and valued including those who are learning English as an additional language and/or children who need additional support.
  • The provider has created a culture of reflective practice to enable staff to identify their strengths and areas for further development therefore improving the outcomes for
  • The friendly staff team have forged strong relationships with other professionals including local schools that children attend. This enables them to provide continuity in children’s care and learning.

Self Evaulation (SEF)

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Excerpts from reports:

  • baby and toddler room
  • “Babies are engaged in a range of experiences to support learning and development. Practitioners understand how to support this stage of development, modelling accessible language, using song and rhyme, and planning for activities which involve all the senses”
  • “The well-established key person is evidently effective in helping babies form close attachments with practitioners”
  • Practitioners sensitively support babies in developing skills and independence such as crawling and walking
  • 2-3 years rooms
  • A range of experiences support children’s learning across all areas”
  • “A well planned adult led activity supports children’s developing fine motor skills, and is interesting and well-paced which keeps the children engaged and motivated”
  • Children are highly engaged in a range of interesting experiences to support learning across all areas
  • “Practitioners provide a good model for more complex language and concepts, and differentiate this well according to children’s stage of development”
  • “During play practitioners promote mathematical development well – exploring numbers and quantities”
  • “There are interesting opportunities for early writing for a purpose across the environment”
  • “Children’s independence and self-care skills are well encouraged”.
  • 3-4 years rooms
  • “A range of experiences support children’s learning across all areas
  • “A practitioner supports children’s understanding of number and sequencing through a playful activity which keeps children engaged”
  • “Children’s independence and self-care skills are well encouraged”
  • “Displays around the room evidence the range of rich learning experiences the children are involved in”
  • “The environment is organised to promote learning across all areas with a range of interesting resources

Quality Indicators for reviewing children’s progress at 2 years old – Excerpts:

Areas of Focus Criteria Achieved Consistently
Checks evidence,

a full holistic picture of a child’s development

including parent, health and education views

Progress review informed by ongoing observations from a range of contributors and in a range of contexts (within setting, home and community)  ✓ Evidence of range of observations and formative assessments
Check recording is effective Is easy to read and provides a clear picture of child’s development   ✓
Is easy to understand, jargon and acronym free   ✓
Is a truthful and sensitive reflection of what the child can do and their achievements to date   ✓
Identifies progress from starting points   ✓
Identifies areas where the child is progressing at a slower pace than expected   ✓
Identifies areas where the child is progressing at a faster pace than expected   ✓
Reflects children’s individual personality and characteristics   ✓
Training/support needs for practitioners identified   ✓
Integrated 2 year old review has been used and shared effectively

and has had a positive impact on children’s outcomes

Practitioners share relevant information with other professionals and follow up any assessments/plans/reports  ✓ Examples shared of early intervention. Professional advice and strategies embedded in learning journeys
Next steps identified in the progress check directly inform learning priorities for individual and group planning Wider professional advice/guidance embedded in child’s individual planning  ✓ Good level of detail
Celebrations and reflections on achievements and characteristics shape teaching- motivating experiences/activities  ✓

Food Hygiene

  • The Food Standards Agency inspected us on the 26th September 2014 and again in March 2016 and graded us both times with a rating of 5 = VERY GOOD.
  • London Borough of Ealing is part of the Food Standards Agency’s National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
  • The food hygiene and safety procedures (including food handling practices and procedures, and temperature control) are rated on a scale from 0 to 5.