A NEW nursery in South Tyneside has been praised for bringing out the best in children.
Bede Burn Kindergarten in Bede Burn Road, Jarrow, has passed its first Ofsted inspection with flying colours – just five months after opening.
Inspectors turned up unannounced at the end of July to assess the quality and standards of the early years provision.
All areas were rated good, including how well the needs and well-being of children are met and the effectiveness of leadership and management.
Inspector Shirley Peart said: “Parents are very pleased with their children’s care and progress. The staff work extremely well with them, to keep them updated, and they share two-way information regularly.
“The staff plan, observe and assess children’s learning on an individual basis.
“Consequently, each child’s interests and learning needs are built upon, so they take part in a very good range of activities, which ensures they make good progress.
“Children are happy and feel safe and secure, as their individual care needs are well-met. This is because staff are attentive and meet children’s emotional needs successfully.
“The owner has a clear vision for the nursery and high expectations.”
The nursery, which opened in March, looks after 71 babies and pre-school children and offers out-of-school care for five to 14-year-olds.
It employs 11 members of staff.
Eamonn Gribben, director of Noah’s Ark Nurseries Ltd, which runs Bede Burn, said: “We have only been open for five months and the nursery was built from scratch, so we have done extremely well.
“Our provision for two to three-year-olds and three to five-year-olds was deemed virtually outstanding, so we are really happy.”
The nursery opened in March after Mr Gribben, who also owns Noah’s Ark Nursery and Westoe Village Kindergarten in South Shields, identified a gap in childcare provision.
Ms Peart added: “Parents are very pleased with the nursery, and how their children are making progress during the short time it has been open.
“Parents also indicate that the nursery has brought the best out in their child, and it has helped them to develop their child’s confidence.”