Inspection Report: The Learning Tree Nursery, November 2014


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Staff are warm and caring with the children, which results in a joyful and purposeful atmosphere, and children learn to behave well.

Staff plan interesting activities based on children’s interests, this means children are happy to learn and make good progress in their learning.

Staff provide a good range of activities promoting children’s independent thinking, self-help and literacy skills. As a result, children attain the necessary skills for their future learning.

The manager builds strong partnerships with parents and other professionals. This helps her evaluate the practice and access additional support for the children. Staff use their good knowledge of the children to provide a welcoming and enabling environment for them. Staff work closely with parents, listen attentively and observe children carefully. This allows them to plan accurately for children’s next steps in learning. Staff plan wide variety of activities based on children’s interests. For example, younger children who have recently started attending have their favourite toys, such as cars, or a climbing frame available when they arrive. This helps children settle quickly and engage in play. Therefore, children are happy to learn and make good progress in their learning from starting points on entry.

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