Mighty Oaks Little Acorns LTD - Care and Education for Children Under 5 “Tall Oaks From Little Acorns Grow” David Everett 1769 – 1813
Mighty Oaks Little Acorns LTD - Care and Education for Children Under 5 “Tall Oaks From Little Acorns Grow” David Everett 1769 – 1813

Ofsted Report June 2018

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) regulates and inspects to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.

Ofsted report June 2018
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Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is good    

  • Leaders and staff accurately evaluate the provision.
  • Leaders use effective procedures to monitor the progress made by different groups of children.
  • Staff use effective methods to support children to manage their feelings and behaviour appropriately.
  • Considering their ages, children behave well.
  • Children gain a good understanding of the diverse lives of people from backgrounds that are different to their own.



Inspection findings


Effectiveness of the leadership and management is good  

  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
  • Leaders and staff have a good understanding of the local procedures that they should follow if they have concerns about a child's welfare.
  • Leaders have a good understanding of their responsibilities.
  • They follow robust procedures to ensure that they safely recruit staff and monitor their practice.
  • Staff supervise children well.
  • Most staff are highly qualified, although they are still keen to continually develop their skills.


Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good  

  • Staff have high expectations of what children can do.
  • They are skilled at following children's interests to challenge them further.
  • Leaders work well with parents to get to know children and their specific needs.
  • Staff accurately observe and assess the progress that children are making.


Personal development, behaviour and welfare are good  

  • Children are happy and settled.
  • Staff are skilled at supporting children to be independent.
  • Staff support children to learn about the importance of leading healthy a lifestyle.


Outcomes for children are good 

  • Children gain the skills that prepare them well for the next stages of their learning and their eventual moves on to school.
  • They demonstrate confidence and are keen and motivated to learn.
  • All children develop good language and communication skills, including those who speak English as an additional language.   




It is not yet outstanding because:

  • Some elements of the daily routines are not organised as well as possible. On occasions, children sit waiting for other children to arrive when they could be engaged in play.  
  • Although partnerships with parents are developing, they are still in the early stages. Staff do not consistently involve parents in supporting their children's learning at home.  


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

  • Review the daily routines to maximise opportunities for children to explore and engage in play.
  • Develop partnerships with parents further to involve them in supporting their children's learning at home. 
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