A WHITBY nursery has been graded good in all areas by Ofsted inspectors who have praised its warm and welcoming learning environment.
The Wooden Horse which is based at East Whitby School in Stainsacre Lane looks after 55 children aged from birth to five years old in two different rooms.
Youngsters also have access to an enclosed outdoor area and are able to use the school playground during the holidays.
The nursery is managed by two co-owners who took over on 1 August last year and there are nine members of childcare staff, a cook and a cleaner.
The nursery provides funded early education for two, three and four year old children.
The report praised the nursery’s learning environment adding youngsters are secure in their relationships with staff and are happy and settled.
It reads: “Children are motivated and interested in their play. They show good levels of independence, curiosity and demonstrate positive behaviour, this enables them to be confident to express their needs.
“Staff use children’s interests to support their planning and effectively promote children’s learning and development.
“Partnerships established with parents are good and supportive in meeting their childcare needs.”
The inspectors have recommended that to improve the quality of its provision, the nursery should improve its monitoring of the new observation and assessment process so it is consistently applied by all staff.
And it adds that it should also develop existing information provided for parents, to support them to share and contribute to their children’s learning record.
The report concludes: “The new management have a detailed action plan which takes account of feedback from the local authority advisor, staff and parents.
“The managers and staff have a good understanding of the early years educational programmes and the implementation of activities for the children to support their learning and development effectively.”