EDUCATION bosses have given top marks to a Wearside nursery school.
Little Treasures Nursery in Washington has been praised as outstanding after its recent Ofsted inspection.
Deborah Troup, manager of the nursery in Blue House Lane, Concord, is delighted with the report. “It is all down to the hard work from all of our staff, who work together as a strong team,” she said.
“Over the past few years, we have all worked very hard to get to this stage, and to get this endorsement of what we have been doing is great.”
But gaining an outstanding rating didn’t mean sitting back – it was all about keeping moving forward.
The inspectors said: “Staff plan and deliver outstanding activities, covering all areas of learning, which keep children engaged and highly motivated to learn.
“All staff are passionate and knowledgeable about the work they do, which contributes to the extremely good levels of learning children demonstrate in the nursery.
“Outstanding transition strategies are deployed by all staff, thereby ensuring that children settle quickly and soon begin to form secure attachments.
“All children make rapid progress in all areas of learning, supported by staff who are extremely well trained and continuously supported in their development.
“Teaching is inspirational, which promotes children’s willingness to engage and superbly helps prepare them for their next steps in learning and their readiness for school.”
The inspectors said staff, parents and children were highly respected and given opportunities to shape the development of the service and added: “Staff have very high expectations for children’s learning, which is reflected in the way they encourage all children to make choices and communicate them to adults and each other in an appropriate way.
“Behaviour is exemplary and it is evident that high expectations, excellent strategies and good role modelling by staff play a significant part.”