New nursery gets top marks from inspectors

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A NUSERY manager has described her delight at being given an 'outstanding' Ofsted grade - just four months after setting up the new venture.

Hannah Povey is celebrating the best possible score for Little Peoples Nursery, in Drayton.

An Ofsted inspection was carried out in November which rewarded the nursery with top marks in every single category.

It was a welcome piece of good news for Miss Povey after her former nursery- Tiny Tim's Nursery in Buckland - was forced to close due to a lack of funds.

Miss Povey, 28, said: 'We were all ecstatic when we read the report, and I burst into tears.

'There were high expectations but no-one expected to do so well in our first Ofsted, especially as we had only been open a few months.

'This nursery has been a major leap of faith for both me and the owner Sharon Murphy, who decided to give it a go after failing to find suitable nursery provision for her daughter.

'Sharon has a strong vision which everyone here shares, and having personally interviewed all the staff, I know they are the best.

'I am so proud we have been recognised for giving children the best start in life, which is what drives us to succeed.'

The mother-of-two left Tiny Tim's in May after she felt she 'couldn't turn down the opportunity' of starting up another nursery.

She said: 'I was absolutely gutted to see it go. Tiny Tim's was doing a fantastic job for children in one of the most deprived wards in Portsmouth and its closure is a huge loss to the community.'

Ofsted inspector Michele Beasley visited Little Peoples on November 29 and was bowled over by the high quality of leadership, teaching and learning.

In her report she said: 'Children are totally happy, secure and confident. The owner has successfully developed a committed and enthused staff team who are totally focused on providing high quality early years education.

'The key reason for (the nursery's) success is that the owner and manager are superb leaders who have the highest aspirations for their selves, their staff and children.

'Children make exceptional progress in their speaking and listening because the talented staff are so skilled at interacting with children.'

Miss Povey said: 'The hard work doesn't stop here.

'We will continue to develop and improve.'