STAFF at a nursery in Portsmouth have been praised for the way they help youngsters to prepare for school.
The Little People’s Nursery in Drayton has been rated outstanding by Ofsted.
It’s the second inspection in a row where the day-care provider has been given the highest possible grading.
Inspectors said that staff work successfully with parents to support children as they move to the different age groups in the nursery and prepare for school.
Ofsted also said the quality of planning for all children is excellent, and they feel safe, secure and happy in the nursery.
Hannah Povey, manager at Little People’s Nursery, said: ‘It’s really good news. With early years Ofsted, the government has changed the rules. We were aware the goalposts had been changed.
‘It’s exciting to be able to maintain that standard and keep it up.
‘I was pleased with all of it overall. There’s so much more onus now on the interactions of staff and how they support the children.
‘It was lovely to know that my staff had had that standard of practice where they are supporting the children effectively and giving them lots of opportunities to grow and develop.
‘They are a fantastic bunch of girls – really hard working.’
Miss Povey said the children enjoy the nursery.
‘They are a lovely bunch of children,’ she said.
‘We have been open for three years in July.
‘Some of these children who are growing up and going to school were with us when we first opened. It’s been lovely to watch them grow and develop.
‘They do seem to enjoy themselves. They always seem happy and comfortable in their environment.’
Inspectors said for Little People’s to continue improving staff need to provide more opportunities for children to practise work at home.
‘The hard work that everyone puts in is the ethos that we have got. We have a very hard work ethic,’ added Miss Povey.
‘We are always trying to think of ways we can improve.
‘We evolve what we are doing to see if things work or what we can do to make it better.
‘That’s something we will carry on forward with us.’