STAFF and pupils at a South Tyneside nursery are celebrating after it was rated as good by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).
Westoe Village Kindergarten in South Shields is on the up, having been graded as requiring improvements after its last inspection by the education watchdog in 2009.
The nursery, in St George’s Avenue, cares for 67 children aged up to eight.
Its latest inspection report says: “Teaching is consistently good. As a result, children thrive and are well motivated to learn in this high-quality nursery.
“Staff provide an exciting, stimulating and well-organised environment, with a range of resources to promote physical development, including climbing.
“All staff are skilled in providing for children’s individual needs, ensuring that every child makes good progress from their starting points.
“Children are settled and content, because all staff provide a caring and nurturing environment that promotes children’s emotional well-being effectively.” The report says the school is not outstanding yet because “staff’s skills in asking open-ended questions are variable”.
“This means children are not consistently encouraged to build on their rapidly developing critical and creative thinking skills,” it says.
The kindergarten was also recently given a silver South Tyneside Accredited Network for Learning in the Early Years Award by South Tyneside Council.
Nursery manager Sammy-Jo Bettley said: “All the team at Westoe Village Kindergarten are extremely pleased with the report and outcome which was given to us by Ofsted.
“All the girls work extremely hard and are dedicated to the children and their families to ensure standards of teaching, learning and care are at their highest.
“Parental partnerships within Westoe Village Kindergarten are fantastic, and we would like to thank them for all their help and support.
“Parents comment that staff within the nursery have the interests of their children at the heart of everything they do.”