HIGHLY-skilled staff at a Portsmouth nursery have been praised by inspectors for their work in helping children to develop.
Top Tots Day Nursery in Queen Street has been deemed outstanding in a recent Ofsted inspection.
Inspectors said leadership and the drive for improvement across the provision are inspirational.
Owners, managers and staff have a clear understanding of how children learn and have expert knowledge of the areas of learning.
And the report also said that staff are highly skilled in sensitively responding to children’s needs at all times.
Melissa White, nursery owner, said: ‘We are over the moon. We worked really hard to get it.
‘They changed the way that they inspect now so it’s virtually impossible to get outstanding.
‘The outcome for the children was fantastic.
‘The children’s needs are met.
‘That’s why we opened up the nursery – to get the children the best start in life.
‘The children are brilliant. We are lucky, we have really nice families. We have a lot of navy families. They are lovely children.
‘Some of them run in the gate and cry when it’s home time. It’s really nice to see.
‘The development in them has been massive. Since they have come to us they have come up massively.
‘A lot of them are working above their age.
‘We work closely with early years too.’
And Melissa has praised the staff at the nursery.
‘The staff work very hard. They are really committed to their job. They love the children,’ she said.
‘It shows in the activities they plan which are really fun.
‘The children mean the world to them. It’s nice to see that the staff enjoy being there.’
The inspectors said the environment is fully stimulating both indoors and outdoors and staff inspire and challenge children with activities.
Now, Melissa said she wants to improve the outdoor space for the children to play in, to help them develop further.
‘We are looking to have the garden redone so we are looking for sponsors.
‘We want to get a more suitable outside playing space.’