CHILDREN at a nursery school are getting their education off to a flying start.
Ofsted inspectors have rated Mains Farm House Nursery, in Chester-le-Street, as outstanding in all aspects.
Hannah Cullen, acting manager at the West Lane nursery, said: “We are ecstatic that Mains Farm House Nursery has finally been given the recognition it deserves.
“We took over as owners of the nursery four-and-a-half years ago when it was underachieving.
“We have a passion for providing high quality education and care for children, and we are proud to have used all of our expertise and knowledge to improve it to an outstanding nursery where children thrive.
“We have an excellent staff team who have worked exceptionally hard to improve their own knowledge and qualifications to enable them to provide fantastic learning opportunities for the children.’’
She added: “We would like to say a massive thank you to parents past and present, who have trusted us to look after and educate their amazing children over the past four years.”
Inspectors said the County Durham nursery had vastly improved from its previous inspection in 2008 when it was dubbed as satisfactory.
In a report they said: “This provision is outstanding.
“Children are excited and motivated to learn as staff have an excellent knowledge of how children learn and provide a rich, varied and imaginative educational programme.
“Children make good and some make outstanding progress as a result of staff awareness of individual needs and precise assessment and planning for all children. Children are highly confident and show an excellent level of independence for their age, as a result of staff practice and a carefully organised learning environment.
“Children understand how to keep themselves safe as all staff consistently give the highest priority to the safety of children.
“The management team monitors all aspects of practice and is constantly striving for excellence.
“As a result, the nursery team demonstrates exceptional practice which is worthy of disseminating to other settings.”
The inspectors said to improve further the nursery could develop further opportunities to promote young children’s independence by allowing them to pour their own drinks and serve food.