A Lynn nursery where youngsters make “exceptional progress” and child safety and welfare is “exemplary” has received top marks from an education watchdog.
St Michael’s Family Centre in Church Lane has been judged as ‘outstanding’ in all areas following its latest Ofsted inspection.
The rating has delighted hard-working staff at the centre, which four years ago was rated as satisfactory.
A glowing report published this week following an inspection visit last month says the “exceptional” thought that has gone into the development of the centre offers children “ a safe, welcoming and highly stimulating environment” which helps them “flourish as individuals”.
It also says children receive outstanding early years education provision, with parents being actively encouraged to be involved in their child’s learning and development from the very beginning.
Children with special needs and those speaking English as a second language also receive the highest levels of support and their specific needs are identified quickly.
The report adds: “The extent to which the centre ensures children’s safety and welfare is exemplary.
“Children settle easily in the calm, harmonious atmosphere created by practitioners who develop affectionate, firm and trusting relationships with them.”
The report said early years provision could be improved only by continuing to encourage all children’s parents to embrace the idea of outdoor play and learning to “promote children’s continued excellent learning and development”.
The report said an example of the intuitive care was when children became unsettled when homes at Hillington Square were demolished to make way for new ones. Practitioners took them to the building site to see how the homes were being constructed and children enjoyed using cable spools donated by builders as a table in their garden.
“They help children make sense of this enormous change,” said the report.