Precious Moments
Primrose House, Primrose Street, Darwen, BB3 2DE
Inspection date
16 August 2016
Previous inspection date
Not applicable
The quality and standards of the
This inspection:
early years provision
Previous inspection:
Not applicable
Effectiveness of the leadership and management
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
Personal development, behaviour and welfare
Outcomes for children
Summary of key findings for parents
This provision is good
The manager has a strong commitment to developing the provision to the highest
standard. The self-evaluation process identifies a clear and achievable vision that is
already showing improvements throughout the nursery.
The manager provides a good range of resources both indoors and outdoors. This helps
children to make progress in all areas of the curriculum.
Staff provide children with a wide range of interesting activities that supports the
development of early literacy and mathematical skills. For example, children are keen to
count and match numbers of spots on a game.
Children are happy and confident. They enjoy completing things for themselves and
help in daily routines, such as laying the table for lunch. This helps to build children's
self-confidence and independence.
Children's behaviour is exemplary. Staff are very strong role models and offer
continuous praise and encouragement to help boost children's self-esteem. They
develop good bonds with children who are confident in their learning because they feel
safe and secure.
Staff encourage children to develop an understanding of the world around them. The
wonderful displays reflect positive images of the diversity of communities. This helps
children to appreciate, value and respect differences.
It is not yet outstanding because:
Although, there is a well-developed process for monitoring staff performance in place,
supervisions do not have the sufficient detail required to focus on improvements to
teaching and the impact this has on children's learning.
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What the setting needs to do to improve further
To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should:
strengthen the already good monitoring of staff performance and include supervisions
that focus on how to improve teaching skills and the impact this has on children's
Inspection activities
The inspector took account of the views of children, staff and parents spoken to on the
day of inspection.
The inspector undertook a tour of the premises.
The inspector observed the quality of teaching during activities, indoors and outside,
and assessed the impact this has on children's learning.
The inspector sampled children's assessment records, planning documentation and a
range of other records, policies and procedures.
The inspector conducted a joint observation with the nursery manager.
The inspector checked evidence of the suitability and qualifications of staff working
with children, the provider's self-evaluation and improvement plans.
Michaela Francioli
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Inspection findings
Effectiveness of the leadership and management is good
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. The manager and her team have a
robust knowledge of the types and signs of abuse. They understand the procedure to
follow if they have concerns. Staff's awareness of safeguarding is constantly enhanced
through discussions at staff meetings and displays in washroom areas, acting as a
permanent prompt. This helps to minimise the risks to children. The manager is
continually improving the provision. Her organisational skills enable her to present a
methodical approach to enhancing procedures. Consequently, her staff team is, overall,
well informed and engaged. Partnerships with parents are strong and staff keep them well
informed about the progress their child is making. Parents are very complimentary about
the service provided.
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good
Staff have high expectations of what children can achieve. They ask challenging questions
and introduce new vocabulary. This helps improve children's language development.
Babies are happy and confident when freely accessing resources in the clearly defined
areas of the adjoining rooms. For example, they show delight in the messy area, digging
in the sand and filling different receptacles. Staff constantly encourage babies to have a
go. This helps ensure they are developing new physical skills as they competently learn to
scoop the sand. In contrast, children choose their own books for staff to read to them
while experiencing the quiet of the well resourced and soothing sensory room. The
outdoor area is inviting and stimulating. The makeshift stage at the end of the garden
helps children develop their imagination and builds confidence. Staff encourage children to
perform, which they do excitedly. Children show pride in making up their own songs and
are happy to do it again and again. They show pleasure in the praise they get from staff
and other children.
Personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding
Staff demonstrate an excellent caring and nurturing attitude towards children. They listen
attentively and give children time to discuss their own ideas and tell stories of what they
have done at home. Children show great respect for each other. They share and take
turns readily, such as when using the computer in the library area. They pass the mouse
to the next child without fuss and wait patiently for their turn to come around again.
Values are embedded throughout and children use good manners, saying please and
thank you without the need for prompts from staff. The manager has changed the menu
on parents' requests to make them more healthy and nutritious for children. Staff and
children converse over lunch about different vegetables and know they are good for them.
Outcomes for children are good
Children have a positive approach to learning. They are motivated and inquisitive,
persevering to complete tasks they set out to do. Children are making typical progress and
make better than expected progress in some areas. Gaps in learning are addressed swiftly
to ensure children do not fall behind. They are ready for their next stages of learning,
including moving to school.
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Setting details
Unique reference number
Local authority
Inspection number
Type of provision
Full-time provision
Day care type
Childcare - Non-Domestic
Early Years Register, Compulsory Childcare
Register, Voluntary Childcare Register
Age range of children
0 - 5
Total number of places
Number of children on roll
Name of registered person
Precious Moments Childcare Ltd
Registered person unique
reference number
Date of previous inspection
Not applicable
Telephone number
01254 705151
Precious Moments was registered in 2015. The nursery employs 13 members of childcare
staff. Of these, 12 hold appropriate early years qualifications at level 2 and above,
including one with early years professional status. The nursery opens from Monday to
Friday all year around. Sessions are from 7am until 6pm. The nursery provides funded
early education for two-, three- and four-year-old children.
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.
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procedures set out in the guidance ‘Complaints procedure: raising concerns and making
complaints about Ofsted’, which is available from Ofsted’s website: If you would like Ofsted to send you a
copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email
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