TOP marks were achieved by a new nursery in Sutton that was rated as "outstanding" by Government chiefs at its very first inspection. Angels Day Nursery, in Jockey Road, achieved the highest grade in every category it was judged against following a visit by Ofsted in April, published this month.
Reporting inspector Jayne Rooke said: "Children thrive, have lots of fun and make excellent progress within this welcoming and inclusive setting. Staff skillfully use their knowledge of how young children develop to observe their progress and plan for their future learning.
"Positive and trusting partnerships with parents are carefully nurtured and the provider actively develops relationships with other early years professionals to promote consistently high standards of care and education."
Children are valued as "unique individuals" inspectors said and staff take "great care to promote an inclusive service for all children and their families".
They were also said to be safeguarded through "highly effective procedures" to "protect them from harm and neglect".
Staff were noted for giving children "positive praise" for their efforts and successful achievements and "comfort and reassurance" when the children were tired and fractious.
"Children behave well because they are treated with kindness and respect," Ms Rooke said.
They were also noted for taking "great pride" in developing their skills and expertise by attending "varied training courses" to keep up-to-date with new ideas and initiatives.
The setting was said to be "bright, vibrant and welcoming" with high quality toys and play materials that were easily accessible to allow children to make their own choices about their play.
Outdoor play was a regular feature at the nursery, including searches for "mini-beasts" and the opportunity to plant and grow vegetables to eat.
The one area for improvement was for the setting to extend opportunities to "enhance children's interest in the world in which they live" through activities like regular outings.
Nursery director, Nehar Rahman, was delighted with Ofsted's findings, especially given this was their first inspection of the site, that has only been up and running since December last year.
"We are over the moon and so excited and so happy," Mrs Rahman said. "It does show hard work and commitment has paid off with the staff, children and parents who have worked really hard together.
"Ofsted don't give any notice they just knock on the door and for them to come in and say you guys are doing an excellent job it's a massive achievement for us. We work so hard on the children's learning and development. For children that have been here from day one to see how much they have developed and how much they are learning that's the most important thing for us."
Published in the Sutton Observer