Forest Friends Day


Canal House, Coventry CV1 4LG



Inspection Date

18 October 2018

Previous inspection date

Not applicable


The quality and standards of the early years provision

This inspection:



Previous Inspection:

Not applicable


Effectiveness of leadership and management



Quality of teaching, learning and assessment



Personal development, behaviour and welfare



Outcomes for children




Summary of key findings for parents



The provision is good


·      The management team and staff are an experienced, ambitious and cohesive team.

·      Overall, they are dedicated to providing the very best care and education for all children.


·      There are a wide range of interesting natural resources available for children, which staff locate well, so children can develop their ideas independently and build on new ones.


·      Children's progress and development are regularly shared with parents. Any gaps in learning are identified and addressed. Strong relationships with parents and outside professionals ensure that support is accessed and that progress continues without delay.


·      Children, including those who speak English as an additional language, make good progress in all areas of learning, relative to their starting points.


·      The outdoor area is well resourced and provides plenty of opportunities for children to have daily exercise and fresh air.


·      Successful settling-in procedures and effective partnerships with parents, help children to form strong emotional attachments to all staff.




It is not yet outstanding because:


·      Professional development strategies are not yet fully embedded to enable all staff to challenge children to reach their very highest potential.


·      At times, during large-group activities not all children are fully engaged or learning.



What the setting needs to do to improve further


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


·      strengthen the programme of professional development for staff, to improve outcomes further for all children

·      review the organisation of large-group activities so that children are not distracted from learning.



Inspection activities


·      The inspector spoke to the manager and other staff at appropriate times throughout the inspection.

·      The inspector engaged with the children at appropriate times during the inspection.

·      The inspector observed children's indoor and outdoor play, snack and lunch times, and hygiene routines.

·      The inspector engaged in a joint observation with the deputy manager.

·      The inspector checked various documents including risk assessments, children's records and staff suitability records.



Beverley Devlin



Inspection Findings


Effectiveness of leadership and management is good


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Staff successfully implement a range of records, documents and policies that helps to support their safety and welfare practice.  Staff complete risk assessments of the environment and staff check the toys, resources and equipment daily. Managers and staff have a sound understanding of child protection issues and know how to handle different types of concerns. This helps to keep children safe. The manager proactively reflects on the effectiveness of the provision. This enables her to continually identify and implement targets for improvement. For example, the improvements made to the availability of heuristic resources and to outdoor learning.


Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good


Staff assess children's achievements and know their key children well. They routinely observe and assess children's development. Staff make good use of the information they obtain to provide a range of activities, particularly inside, that helps to extend children's learning and build on their skills. Children play confidently in a stimulating, well organised, interesting environment that helps to support all areas of learning well.  Children are keen to explore the resources and concentrate well during their play.  They learn to think of ideas and create a story while they play, developing their creative thinking. Overall, staff organise the routine well, so that children are constantly engaged in purposeful activities.


Personal development, behaviour and welfare are good


Children feel comfortable and enjoy their time in the setting. They settle quickly and build positive relationships with all staff. Parents comment on how welcome and well supported they feel and say that their children love coming to the setting. Staff use information from parents about learning and care needs to support children when they start.  For example, they follow care routines to help children settle and feel at home.  Staff help children learn about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. For example, they provide healthy snacks and talk to children about the benefits of a good diet. Staff also encourage exercise. Children delight in using a range of physical play equipment outside. This enables them to practise their skills in climbing, balancing and negotiating different spaces. Children quickly establish independence in managing their personal care needs.


Outcomes for children are good


Children enjoy sharing stories with staff and singing familiar songs. They learn to express themselves in different ways. Children learn to play well with others. They can share and take turns with minimal support. Overall, all children make good progress in their learning, including those in receipt of additional funding. Children who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities and those who speak English as an additional language progress well from where they started. Children are well prepared for their next stage in learning.



Setting details


Unique reference number


Local authority


Inspection number


Type of provision

Full day care


Early years register

Day care type


Age range of children

0 – 4

Total number of places


Number of children on roll


Name of registered person

Hanbeck Limited

Registered person unique reference number


Date of previous inspection

Not applicable

Telephone number

024 7663 0885


Forest Friends Day Nursery registered in 2016 and operates in Coventry City Centre. A total of 19 staff are employed to work with children, 12 of whom hold early years qualifications at level 2 or 3, five hold qualifications at levels 5 or above. The nursery opens from Monday to Friday all year round. Sessions are from 7.45am until 6pm.


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.


Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the 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 [email protected].


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. It regulates and inspects childcare and children's social care, and inspects the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), schools, colleges, initial teacher training, further education and skills, adult and community learning, and education and training in prisons and other secure establishments. It assesses council children's services, and inspects services for looked after children, safeguarding and child protection.


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