A new nursery, which opened its doors last year, has chalked up a positive Ofsted report.
And the staff at Edwin Street Nursery, Amble, are delighted with the outcome of the recent inspection.
The facility has been open since September, and the inspector’s comments celebrated the high-quality of the town’s latest nursery provision, judging it to be ‘good’.
The report also states that the ‘children make good progress in this welcoming environment, supported by staff who have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop’.
Many aspects of the provision at the nursery, which is based at Amble First School, Edwin Street, were given particular praise.
This included the strong relationships between staff and parents and the highly stimulating, challenging and interesting learning environment and effective teaching, assessment and planning methods.
The inspector also commended the opportunities for parental involvement, the warmth and affection staff show for pupils, the concern for the needs of each individual child and the priority given to child safety and wellbeing, as well as the determination of the management team to provide quality care.
Nursery manager and deputy headteacher of Amble First School, Louise Brown, said: “The success of Edwin Street Nursery is down to the hard work and commitment of the Early Years’ team, backed up by the support and dedication of the whole staff team at Amble First School.
“We are all delighted and look forward to going from strength to strength.”
The facility was officially unveiled by four generations of the same family who have attended the school, including Hartlepool United striker Luke James.
It is the first time the school has had a nursery class for 106 years and was established to meet a need identified by parents.
The nursery has been part of major changes at the school.
Last year, a new fit-for-purpose mobile classroom, costing around £34,000, was opened. It replaced an old, wooden facility.
The new building is more modern and larger in size than its predecessor. The work allowed the school to convert one of the classrooms in the main building, ready for the opening of the nursery class.