Dance classes, its own allotments and even yoga sessions impressed inspectors who have rated a Blackpool nursery as ‘outstanding’.
The nursery within Unity Academy, the resort’s only all-through school, catering for children from two to 16 years old, has had a glowing report from Ofsted.
The inspectorate visited last month and noted the nursery’s range of activities, its “passionate” staff and “confident” children.
The report highlights how:
> “Children are very confident and settled... and enjoy their time in this stimulating nursery”;
> “Children’s high levels of curiosity, interest and engagement are supported by highly-qualified staff who know each child’s needs and interests very well”;
> “Older children receive excellent preparation for their move on to the reception class in school”.
The nursery, within the school grounds on Warbreck Hill Road, North Shore, caters for 60 children, who then move up to the academy’s primary school.
Nursery manager Jenny Burgeen said: “It has been a very exciting time for our nursery over the last couple of years.
“The recently completed building work means we are now physically part of the Academy, and we have used this opportunity to further improve the experiences for all our children.
“We have a highly experienced, motivated and dedicated team who ensure the well-being of the children and parents is paramount.
“This was a key factor identified during the inspection, and is something that we feel very proud of.
“We are delighted that the hard work has been recognised by Ofsted.”
The nursery’s staff were also praised for being “passionate” and “committed” and for working closely with school staff.
Roger Farley, headteacher for Unity Academy’s primary years, said: “We strive to get the best start in life for our children and their families.
“The nursery provides a supportive and nurturing environment ensuring the children grow in confidence.”
Academy principal Chris Lickiss added: “At Unity we believe the quality of care and education in the early years is paramount for setting sound foundations for the future.”