BOSSES at a South Tyneside nursery are celebrating after it was given the highest grading by Ofsted.
Inspectors visited Nurserytime Nursery School, in Victoria Road West, Hebburn, in November last year, and judged it to be “outstanding” across the board.
It is the second nursery owned by the John and Susan Brown Partnership to receive the top rating, the other being Nursery Time Kindergarden in Beach Road, South Shields.
Mr and Mrs Brown, who also run a nursery in Willington, County Durham, said: “Ofsted considers nurseries they grade ‘outstanding’ to be the very best and of outstanding high quality.
“This is such a huge achievement, to be recognised for the work our management and staff put into our settings, and the commitment we have as a team to the children in our care.
“Ofsted describe us as a place where children thrive and their needs come first, teaching is excellent and our staff have an excellent understanding of children’s learning and development.
“We are so proud of our teams in South Shields and Hebburn, who work very hard to make children’s nursery days happy and fulfilled.”
Ofsted inspector Nicola Wardropper said children make rapid progress in their learning at Nurserytime Nursery School, and “are skilfully prepared for the transition to school”.
She added: “Children thrive and are well-motivated to learn in this high-quality nursery.
“Staff have high expectations for what children can do. This means that they provide excellent challenges for children. Staff successfully seize everyday opportunities to turn children’s play into fun learning experiences.
“Children make huge leaps in their personal, social and emotional development because of the nurturing and genuine care staff show them.
“As a result, children are gentle and kind towards each other.
“Staff create extremely warm and secure emotional attachments with their key children and this is clear in the caring relationships observed.
“Together with the comprehensive knowledge each key person has of children and their families, children flourish and grow in confidence.”
The nursery opened in 2003 and was previously graded satisfactory following an inspection in 2009.