YOUNGSTERS at a Wearside nursery are getting a good start to their schooling say education chiefs.
Buttercups Day Nursery has been rated as good by Ofsted inspectors.
The nursery, based in the Bunnyhill Centre, Hylton Lane, has improved since its previous inspection in 2009 when it was rated as satisfactory.
In their latest report, inspectors said: “The quality of teaching is consistently good and occasionally outstanding.
“As a result, children make good progress in their learning and development and develop a broad range of knowledge and skills, which supports their readiness for the next stage in their learning.
“Children’s needs are quickly identified and very well met through the robust and effective partnerships between parents and the adjoining children’s centre.
“Behaviour is good as staff are good role models.
“They are deployed well and provide clear guidance for children about what is acceptable behaviour.
“Staff meet safeguarding and welfare requirements well for each child.
“Robust and rigorous policies and procedures are implemented, which ensure that children are protected.”
They said the children thoroughly enjoy the time they spend at nursery and there is a very good range of toys, equipment and resources both indoors and outdoors.
Inspectors added: “Parents and carers are kept well informed about their children’s progress and share written and verbal examples of their child’s learning at home.
“This ensures a clear picture of each child’s learning and development is gathered and all adults involved can plan appropriate and motivating learning.”
To improve further, the nursery needs to enhance the youngest children’s expressive language skills.