HAPPY youngsters are off to a flying start at a Wearside nursery after Ofsted bosses rated it ‘outstanding’.
Inspectors visited The University of Sunderland’s St Mary’s Childcare and said the centre was outstanding in every area.
Staff, youngsters and parents from the Chester Road nursery, which also provides care for older children during holidays and out of school hours, are thrilled with the report.
“I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome of the inspection,” centre manager Susan Glendinning said. “To gain outstanding in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework is an excellent achievement and is down to the hard work, commitment and dedication of a fantastic staff team.”
“We are all on cloud nine at the minute,” she added.
Parent, Jennifer Mitchelson, whose daughter Mia attends the nursery, said: “I cannot imagine that staff anywhere else could possibly demonstrate the same level of care and concern that the staff at the University of Sunderland’s nursery do.
“I would have found it so hard to leave Mia when she was only eight months old if I hadn’t had 100 per cent confidence in the care she was receiving. I am pleased to say that the same level of care has been forthcoming in every stage of her journey there, and she truly loves the nursery and staff.”
In their report, inspectors said of St Mary’s: “The quality of teaching is outstanding as staff provide children with an excellent range of varied, interesting and challenging learning experiences. As a result, children make rapid progress in all areas of their learning and development.
“Parents are actively involved in children’s learning and development as staff promote the importance of the home learning environment to ensure a consistent approach.”
The inspectors said children are extremely well prepared for the next stage in their learning.
They added: “Children are secure, happy and confident within the warm, welcoming and stimulating nursery environment. As a result, they are consistently engaged and motivated throughout their learning.
“Leadership is inspirational. The manager and staff strive for continuous improvement and show outstanding levels of commitment and enthusiasm within their work.”