Outstanding Ofsted inspection for Stourbridge!

For our Stourbridge branch of ‘Little Hands Daycare’ it had been 6 years since our last Ofsted inspection. We recently registered our company under a slightly new name, ‘Little Hands Daycare Group Limited’ meaning that our Ofsted inspections would start from scratch and we would probably trigger an inspection soon. Sure enough, on Monday 4th September 2023, we got the notification call to say that we would be inspected tomorrow. We were filled with excitement, and of course some slight nerves as we were apprehensive about the day ahead! Here’s hoping for another Outstanding judgement (spoiler alert…we did it!!).



At Little Hands, we pride ourselves on thriving for the best outcomes for children and ensuring that they are provided with high quality experiences and learning opportunities consistently, every single day. This means that we didn’t need to prepare anything extra for our inspection; only prompting our staff team to ensure that they celebrated all of the wonderful experiences we offer to children and to tell the inspector about all of the ways we go above and beyond for each child and their families.


We spoke to some of our staff members to ask them about how they found the experience;


Preschool Room Leader and Third in charge

“My experience of Ofsted was overall very positive! I felt comfortable with knowing the plan of the day and I personally felt that the day ran as any other day at work. Prior to the day I felt fully supported by the rest of the management team and felt open to asking them questions I had. 


I was excited and prepared for my joint observation which was carried out by the inspector and the manager, and I felt comfortable while being observed. The inspector was friendly and very polite when asking questions after my observation. I felt comfortable to hold a conversation with them and talk about the daily running of the setting. 


On the day as a whole everything felt very calm and composed. Passing the inspector in the corridor I felt more than happy to smile and chat. Overall my first experience of an Ofsted visit was very positive!”


Early Years Apprentice

“It felt amazing to be part of an Outstanding inspection, and to be recognised for the safeguarding, care and individually crafted learning opportunities we provide for the children. 


This inspection was my first. 


I felt comfortable answering the inspector’s questions as Little Hands have a great training system in place for their employees. I am proud to be a part of what Little Hands Daycare Stourbridge has achieved.”

Room Leader

“Our ofsted inspection in September 2023 was my first one as Toddler room leader for Little Hands. I felt that as a room- Toddlers were ready for the challenge and confident in our abilities as a team to be able to answer questions effectively and deliver an outstanding example of what we offer children day in day out. 


I myself felt some pressure as it was my first Ofsted as a Room leader but was confident within myself and my capabilities to know I could answer all questions and showcase Toddlers in the best light. I was extremely proud of my team and how amazing they were throughout the day and ensured all the staff felt comfortable and confident to answer anything that may have been asked and if unsure they were able to show the inspector where the information can be found. 


The children showed off their incredible personalities and how amazing they all are and their passion to learn through play.


It was a day I will remember forever and how proud I am to be the Room leader of an Outstanding Toddler room and Little Hands as a company.”


Senior Early Years Manager

“The day went so quickly, even though we covered so much! As soon as our inspection began, the inspector was gathering as much information as possible to find out what it is like to be a child at Little Hands. 


One of the first things I did was guide the inspector through a learning walk; this is where we did a full tour of the setting whilst discussing our curriculum (among plenty of other things, as this took almost 2 hours!). 

Following this, we did a joint observation on a member of staff to look at their interactions with children and how they were able to scaffold learning through experiences. Once the observation had finished, myself and the inspector discussed the observation, including any feedback to be given to the member of staff. It was brilliant to hear the high levels of praise that were given from the inspector, but I was also filled with a great sense of pride as for me, what I observed (while of course was incredible) was also just standard practice from our staff team, and is what I get to observe every other day across our settings. 


As the day progressed, the inspector spent time in each room, speaking with the staff team to ask them a range of questions, and also quietly observing children. Once she had gathered all of her evidence, we had one final session called the “leadership and management interview”. Through this, myself and our company director were able to answer a range of questions and give even more detail around the processes we have in place and how we support our children, families and staff teams. 


Then it was the big moment…our leadership team gathered to receive our judgement and we were beyond proud to hear that we had maintained our “Outstanding” title! Of course, we couldn’t wait to share this news with our incredible staff team who work so hard each day to ensure children are always at the forefront of all they do. 


For me, the day was an incredible experience and a brilliant opportunity to showcase to others exactly what we do each day. Nothing felt forced, everyone was comfortable and there was such an air of excitement as the staff team proudly showcased their skills. 


This was just another opportunity for me to reflect and realise just how proud I am to work at Little Hands.”




102-104 Brettell Lane, Amblecote, West Midlands, DY8 4BS

T: 01384 441441
E: amblecote@littlehandsdaycare.co.uk

Nursery Manager: Lara Owen & Bev Ramsell

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The Sunday School, 2 Chapel Street, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 2BQ

T: 0121 820 7119
E: bromsgrove@littlehandsdaycare.co.uk

Nursery Manager: Emma Gerrish

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Nursery Block Heart Of Worcestershire College School Drive Bromsgrove Worcestershire B60 1PQ

T: 0121 824 4697
E: howcollegebromsgrove@littlehandsdaycare.co.uk

Nursery Manager: Clare Fereday

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16-18 Hagley Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1PS

T: 01384 396920
E: stourbridge@littlehandsdaycare.co.uk

Nursery Manager: Lara Owen & Lucy Brettle

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