A DAY nursery has received a pre-Christmas boost after securing a top report from Ofsted inspectors.
The Clever Clogs Day Nursery in Hartlepool was adjudged to be outstanding in three of the 17 areas it was scrutinised in.
It was judged to be strong in every one of the other 14 areas looked at by inspectors during a visit last month.
The Ofsted report comes only six months after the nursery in Hartlepool opened its doors.
Proprietor Andrea Townsley – who invested almost £500,000 into opening two new centres in Hartlepool and Bowburn in Durham, and who already runs a nursery in Belmont, Durham – said: “We are delighted that all our hard work in shaping Clever Clogs Hartlepool has been noticed by Ofsted.
“Our aim is always to create a comfortable, safe, fun and educational environment to nurture children and assist their development and preparation for school and we’re thrilled to see that we’ve succeeded in establishing this.
“Achieving outstanding success at our Belmont nursery helped us to set up a successful model for the new nurseries in Hartlepool and Bowburn and we are committed to maintaining the same high standards across all three nurseries.”
Clever Clogs Hartlepool offers sessions for up to 80 children aged up to five, with separate care facilities offered for children aged over five.
The Ofsted report recorded the positive feelings of parents with children at the nursery.
It said: “Parents and carers are highly complimentary of the setting. They express their sincere gratitude for the levels of care given and praise the warm and friendly setting. For example, parents comment that staff are ‘brilliant’ and provide excellent feedback daily.”
It says Clever Clogs nurseries also help children develop important life skills. For example, staff sprinkle glitter on the children’s hands to create effective hand-washing routines, allowing children to confidently talk about washing their hands ‘to get the germs off’.