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Fitzsimmons Place Nursery

32 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4DJ

Inspection date
Previous inspection date

14 May 2015
22 May 2014
This inspection:


Previous inspection:


How well the early years provision meets the needs of the
range of children who attend


The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being

of children


The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the

early years provision


The quality and standards of the

early years provision

The setting meets legal requirements for early years settings

Summary of key findings for parents

This provision is good

Teaching and learning is good. Staff provide a varied day of activities and opportunities
for the children ensuring they have opportunities to develop their skills across all areas
of learning.

Staff understand children's individual needs very well, and nurture and build positive

relationships with them. Consequently, children are happy, secure and confident at the

Excellent use is made of the high-quality and spacious facilities available both indoors
and outdoors. Staff use these well to promote children's good health and learning

All aspects of safeguarding are promoted very effectively. Staff take great care to
ensure children learn safe behaviours and the premises are secure. Staff have a good
knowledge of child protection and the action to take if concerned about a child.

Partnerships with parents and other professionals are strong. Parents feel very welcome
and know their children make good progress in the nursery.

The leadership and management team is very motivated and enthusiastic at building a
strong staff team, and constantly drives for improvement in all aspects of the provision.
Regular training opportunities help to enhance the quality of the provision offered.
It is not yet outstanding because:

Staff do not consistently make the best use of learning opportunities in routine
activities. For example, in preschool they do not have enough staff sitting at the lunch
table to extend children's learning potential at this time.

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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:

adapt routine activities more, such as mealtimes, to the developing needs of the
children taking part, enabling them to fully benefit from the many learning
opportunities that occur.
Inspection activities

The inspector toured the premises and viewed resources with the manager.
The inspector observed the children and staff at play.
The inspector examined records and documents provided by the manager and observed
an activity with the manager.

The inspector discussed the setting with parents.

The inspector discussed the setting's self-evaluation.
Lynne Lewington

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Inspection findings
How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children
who attend. This is good
Children's communication and language skills, their physical development and their
personal, social and emotional development are encouraged particularly well in this happy
nursery. Children are becoming confident learners who are well prepared for their move to
school. Children enjoy this fun environment, where good use is made of indoors and the
extensive garden. The enthusiastic staff provide a broad variety of interesting activities
which encourages all areas of learning. They are attentive and adapt to children's interests
very well. Staff use facial expressions, gestures and different tones in their voices to
encourage communication. Consequently, children are becoming confident
communicators. All the children explore the attractive resources, make choices about their
play and are carefully encouraged to develop their skills. The older children thoroughly
enjoy the sessions outside; they confidently recall the rules that help to keep them safe
and they explore the natural environment. Staff effectively monitor children's progress, in
partnership with their parents. The system for tracking children's progress works well and
is being improved to enable greater information sharing between staff and parents.
The contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children is
Excellent care is taken to ensure the individual well-being of each child is promoted very
effectively. There is a happy, confident atmosphere throughout this nursery. Staff get to
know their key children well, and are excellent role models. They are calm, patient and
well-mannered to the children, their colleagues and visitors. Staff recognise the
importance of helping children to adjust to changes in their lives. Excellent care is taken to
promote all aspects of health and hygiene. Children enjoy healthy and nutritious meals
cooked freshly each day. Staff encourage their awareness of the importance of healthy
eating, good hygiene routines and exercise in their activities and conversations. Children
eat very well and preschool children enjoy restful activity for a while after lunch, while
younger children have a rest as needed.
The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the early years
provision is good
The nursery develops helpful partnerships with parents and professionals that ensure the
needs of children are met effectively. The management team is proactive at developing
the skills of the staff. Every month, staff learn about a subject relevant to their work. This
increases their knowledge base and, consequently, the quality of the provision. A staff
member has completed forest school training. This has enabled staff to embrace their
outdoor area by introducing more activities, using natural resources with the children.
Effective recruitment and induction processes help to ensure staff are suitable and
supported in their roles.

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Setting details
Unique reference number


Local authority


Inspection number


Type of provision

Full-time provision

Registration category

Childcare - Non-Domestic

Age range of children


Total number of places


Number of children on roll


Name of provider

Fitzsimmons Place Nursery Limited

Date of previous inspection

22 May 2014

Telephone number

01483 455133

Fitzsimmons Place Nursery is a privately owned nursery and opened under its current
owner in 2002. The nursery is situated on the outskirts of Guildford, Surrey. It is open
each weekday from 8am to 6pm, all year, with the exception of public holidays. The
nursery also operates an after-school club. There are 25 members of childcare staff; of
these, 18 hold appropriate early years qualifications to at least Level 2 or above. Two of
these staff hold Early Years Professional Status. The nursery receives funding for the
provision of free early education for children aged two-, three- and four-years-old.

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 childrens 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 Ofsteds 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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