NURSERY children and teachers are glowing with pride after being given top marks by Ofsted.
The New World Nursery in Concord, Washington, is one of the first private nurseries in Sunderland to be dubbed as outstanding under the education watchdog’s new stricter guidelines.
Janice Brown, owner and manager of the Manor Road childcare facility said they are thrilled by the latest report.
She said: “We have put a tremendous amount of hard work into it and it is lovely to be recognised and told we are doing things well.
“It is down to the highly qualified and loyal staff team. Over half of our staff have been with the nursery for over five years, with four staff working for me for over 10 years.”
Janice, who set up New World Nursery 23 years ago, said they also get a huge amount of support from parents and they operate an open door policy for families to visit.
She said they are planning to have a few celebrations with the children to mark doing so well in their inspection.
In their report inspectors said: “The highly skilled staff have a thorough knowledge of each child’s individual needs which ensures that all aspects of children’s welfare and learning are promoted with great success.
“Children enjoy a rich environment that stimulates them and engages their interests which effectively meets their needs.
“The safety of children is paramount and staff support them to understand how to keep themselves safe and the importance of a healthy diet.”
During their time at the nursery the inspector observed activities going on in all the three playrooms and the outdoor learning environment.
They said: “Children show high levels of independence, curiosity, imagination and concentration. The educational programme reflects rich, varied and imaginative experiences that meet the needs of all children.
“Staff consistently plan around individual children’s interests, stages of development and information received from parents.
“Children settle extremely well into the nursery. Children’s listening and attention skills develop from a young age. Babies become excited when bubbles are blown and reach out for them gurgling with contentment.
“Pre-school children listen attentively to each other at circle time as they take turns to say what activity they would like to do next. There are lots of opportunities for children to develop writing skills.”
The inspectors said the nursery also recognises and values the role of parents, families, carers and others working with children, which results in excellent partnerships.