Children within the service were happy, settled, busy and having a lot of fun. Staff were warm, caring, nurturing and knowledgeable about the children, which resulted in a secure and respectful environment for them.
Children's health and wellbeing was promoted throughout the service. Snacks and lunches were healthy and gave children the opportunity to develop independence as they selected their own food and drinks. There was a clear understanding of the health benefits of playing outdoors. Most children had free-flow access to the garden that allowed them to investigate nature and learn about their environment. Children clearly enjoyed their time outdoors and played with the many natural resources available to them.
Staff had created warm, safe and welcoming playrooms for all children attending. A range of activities and opportunities were easily accessible to them which met their needs and interests. They were given opportunities to explore and play with natural and open ended resources (sometimes called loose parts). 'Loose parts' can help
to develop children's creativity and inquiry skills because they use materials that can be used in multiple ways.
Children spent extended periods immersed in uninterrupted play, which was supporting the development of their creativity, imagination and social skills.
Children who attended after school benefited from extended periods of time outdoors in the garden, local park or woodland area. They were included in plans for their time at the club and told us they enjoyed going for trips on a Friday afternoon and taking a picnic. Staff had created a room where older children could get creative using arts and crafts or large construction resources. Reading, board games and nurturing areas allowed children to access quiet areas if required.
Staff were enthusiastic about their work and keen to do the best for the children. They worked together as a team to support each other and provide the children with a safe and caring place to be. The management team were proud of staff, and staff in turn, felt supported by management. Overall, this created a happy and
supportive environment where children were the priority and benefited from these positive working relationships.