A COMMUNITY nursery is celebrating after after getting top marks from watchdogs.
Education inspectors from Ofsted have now declared that Atherton Pre-School Day Care is Outstanding (Grade One) across all aspects of the provision.
While founded in 1966, it only moved to a new home at Dorset Road Community Centre last September, making its success all the more special.
An inspection team visited at the beginning of February with the new inspection Early Years Foundation Stage also now in place. Over the past five years the nursery raised over £65,000 in grants which have now been re-invested.
The Ofsted inspectorate found: “The manager and all staff demonstrate inspiring enthusiasm inn their work with children. The capacity for continuous improvement is excellent, due to the manager’s outstanding organisation, leadership and vision, along with strong support from the staff and committee.”
Nursery manager Lyndsey Murray said that she was “humbled and grateful” to have been able to steer the nursery forward to ever great success.
She said: “Historically we have changed, adapted and grown in the direction of the need of families we serve. When we moved premises last September, we became a newly registered nursery and it is extremely rare for newly registered nurseries to be awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
“We currently serve a cohort of children and families whose level of need are significantly greater than you would expect in the average nursery and this is not unusual given the fact that we are located in one of the most deprived areas in the country.
Chairman of Atherton Pre-School Day Care, Atherton independent coun Norman Bradbury, said: “The credit for this outstanding result is due to the dedication of Lyndsey Murray, the manager and graduate leader, along with our staff and wonderful children.”