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Fieldside Day Nursery

Main Street, Great Heck, Goole, North Yorkshire, DN14 0BQ


Inspection date: 5 November 2019

The quality and standards of the early years provision

Overal effectiveness: Good

The quality of education


Behaviour and attitudes


Personal development


Leadership and management


Overal effectiveness at previous inspection


What is it like to attend this early years setting?

This provision is good

Children arrive at the nursery happy and eager to learn. Staff know their assigned key children well and build close relationships with their parents. They take time to talk to parents, as they arrive, to find out about children and their families. Children confidently transition to other rooms, and staff are sensitive to their emotional needs.Children are well behaved and try very hard to succeed at tasks. Staff provide challenging activities that inspire children to give things a go. Children get help from staff as they balance on an empty milk crate to access food in the shop. Before long, they have mastered doing it by themselves. They are delighted by their achievements.Staff use good strategies to support children’s early writing skills. For example, they encourage children to write their names on their drawings. Children sound out the letters at the start of their name. Children explore various materials. They investigate how to get the conkers out of the ice and predict how many they will find. Staff encourage them to think about how many more they will need to make 10. These skills help prepare children for the next stages in their learning, including when they go to school.

What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?

  • Children are making good and steady progress from their starting points. They are challenged to make the best progress possible through the use of good tracking and monitoring by staff and management. Children receive focused learning time both individually and in groups. However, the organisation of some group times means that older children are not always able to concentrate.
  • Children thoroughly enjoy playing in the inspiring outdoor area. They develop a vast knowledge and understanding of the world around them. They develop an understanding of a healthy diet and the impact of healthy food on their bodies as they grow fruit and vegetables and care for various animals. Children are excited as they go to collect the eggs from the hens and discuss how to care for them. Staff use these spontaneous opportunities to extend mathematical concepts. For example, children are keen to tell everyone that they have collected 12 eggs and that is ‘one dozen’.
  • The provider has good recruitment procedures in place. These help to ensure that staff are suitable to work with children. Staff receive regular coaching and supervision from the manager. However, the programme for the professional development of all staff does not focus robustly on raising the quality of teaching to outstanding.
  • Partnerships with parents are excellent. Parents speak positively about the nursery and staff. They have a good knowledge of children’s development and how to support their learning at home. Parents comment that children have progressed in ‘leaps and bounds since starting the nursery’. Parents appreciate the times they can join in with children’s learning, such as during open days and sports days.
  • The learning programme is consistently planned to build on what each child knows and can do. Staff understand how children learn. They provide a wide range of exciting learning opportunities inside and outside. Children move freely around these activities, engaging and playing at their own pace, which helps them to absorb new ideas.
  • Children demonstrate positive attitudes to learning through high levels of curiosity, concentration and enjoyment. They listen intently and respond positively to adults and each other. Children take pride in their achievements.
  • Staff provide a raft of activities for young children and babies to investigate using their senses. Various herbs and fruits are added to creative materials to encourage children to explore and experiment. Children giggle with delight as they taste lemons and smell the dough with cinnamon.
  • Throughout the nursery, an abundance of books and literature support children’s interest in and love for books. Children understand that print carries meaning and competently use books and retell the story. Quiet, comfortable reading areas are conducive for children to read uninterrupted.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
Staff and the management team have a very good knowledge and understanding of all safeguarding procedures to follow should they have a concern about a child’s welfare. Through the nursery’s comprehensive policies and procedures, parents understand the role and responsibility of staff. Staff work closely with parents to increase their understanding of how to promote e-safety. They undertake regular risk assessments of the nursery environment, and all issues are addressed. Staff support children to understand safety in their play, as children take measured risks when building dens and caring for animals.

What does the setting need to do to improve?

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

  • organise group times more effectively to provide older children with opportunities to concentrate without distractions
  • build on the programme of continuous professional development so that the quality of teaching is constantly improving.

Setting details

Unique reference number 503654
Local authority North Yorkshire
Inspection number 10106030
Type of provision Childcare on non-domestic premises
Registers Early Years Register, Compulsory Childcare Register, Voluntary Childcare Register
Day care type Full day care
Age range of children 0 to 5
Total number of places
Number of children on roll 176
Name of registered person Hope, Gail Louise
Registered person unique reference number RP907149
Telephone number 01977 661523
Date of previous inspection 7 April 2014


Information about this early years setting

Fieldside Day Nursery registered in 2001. The nursery employs 23 members of childcare staff. All staff hold appropriate early years qualifications at level 3, including one with early years professional status. The nursery opens Monday to Friday from 7.30am until 6.30pm, all year round. The nursery provides funded early education for two-, three- and four-year-old children.

Information about this inspection

Inspector: Eileen Grimes

Inspection activities

  • The inspector carried out a learning walk with the manager. They discussed the learning environment and how the curriculum is organised.
  • The inspector observed the quality of teaching during activities indoors and outdoors, and assessed the impact this has on children’s learning.
  • The inspector observed and evaluated a number of activities with the nursery manager.
  • The inspector held a meeting with the nursery manager. She looked at relevant documentation, including self-evaluation and evidence of the suitability of staff working in the nursery.
  • The inspector spoke to parents during the inspection and took account of their views through written feedback.

We carried out this inspection 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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