A Brighton nursery has been rated outstanding after an inspection by the government’s official watchdog Ofsted.
Cherry Tree Nursery, which is based at the Hollingdean Sure Start Centre, in Brentwood Road, Brighton, was awarded the highest possible grade after the inspection last month.
The report by Ofsted inspector Alison Weaver said: “There is an exceptionally good level of highly qualified staff. Staff are extremely skilled in teaching and extending children’s learning. Children make excellent progress.
“Staff have high expectations of children and interact exceptionally well with them. Staff are extremely caring, sensitive and approachable.
“Children develop exceptional social skills. Staff create exciting play spaces for children to explore, such as a growing area, orchard and willow dens.
“Outcomes for children are outstanding. Children develop the skills they need to secure future learning and prepare them for school exceptionally well.”
The nursery, which opened in the Hollingdean Children’s Centre 12 years ago was also graded outstanding when it was last inspected five years ago.
It has 50 places for one to four-year-olds and 68 children on the roll. Not all are full time.
Councillor Tom Bewick, chairman of the Brighton and Hove City Council Children, Young People and Skills Committee, said: “It’s great that the nursery has had such a glowing report and the hard work of the staff has really paid off.
“The employees are enthusiastic and work so well with the children and their parents.”