An ‘inspiring, welcoming, and stimulating’ nursery in Blackpool has been lauded as outstanding.
Manager Kay Townsend said: “It feels like winning the lottery and is a recognition of the enormity of work, passion and dedication the entire staff and management team place unto running a successful nursery.”
Inspector Jacqueline Midgley visited the nursery, which her report said cares for 95 children aged up to five, to look at the quality of teaching, scrutinise paperwork, and speak to parents.
She said: “The quality of teaching is excellent as staff provide rich, varied and imaginative experiences based on children’s interests and learning styles.
“As a result, children are highly motivated, eager to learn, and develop a thirst for learning.”
Ms Midgley also said each youngster is ‘respected and valued’, described management as ‘innovative and passionate’, and praised an ‘exemplary’ partnership with between staff and parents.
She added: “Children are confident and motivated because their emotional well-being is very well promoted. Staff skilfully introduce maths and literacy throughout play and children being to develop excellent reading and writing and critical thinking skills.
“All children make excellent progress.”
After Ms Midgley published her findings, staff were treated to a slap-up meal and drinks by the nursery’s owners – but they won’t be resting on their laurels, Kay said.
“We are incredibly proud and do not take lightly the expectations that come with the title of outstanding.
“It is now our goal to further build upon our strengths and continue to deliver the high standards we have worked so hard to create.”
In her report, Ms Midgley said The Learning Tree could also improve by offering more opportunities for children to learn about different religions, faiths, and customs.