A nursery in Halliwell has been praised by the education watchdog after its first ever inspection.
Brighter Beginnings Day Nursery, based at the former Halliwell Health Centre and Children’s Centre on Aylesford Walk, was rated "good" overall by regulator Ofsted following a visit last month.
It was the first time it has been inspected since registering in October 2020.
Inspector Joanne Ryan found the children at the setting to be happy, supported by “kind and caring staff who build good relationships with them”.
“Children demonstrate positive attitudes to learning and are eager to join in activities,” she added.
“Children make good progress in their learning and development because staff have high expectations of what they are able to do.
“They can competently undertake tasks for themselves. For instance, they chop up their own fruit and pour their own drinks.
"This helps them to gain good levels of independence.
"Staff support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities well. For example, they monitor development closely and provide specific activities to support children's development.
"This helps to ensure children receive the extra help they need."
Jointly owned and managed by Hafiza Mohmed and Cheyenne Adam, who have more than 20 years’ worth of experience in an early years setting between them, Brighter Beginnings is “all about teamwork”.
“We’ve got an excellent team behind us,” said they said.
“We’ve got excellent staff and we’re really proud of them.”
The duo say that overall the inspection was an “extremely positive experience” and they were told by Inspector Ryan to be proud of what they have achieved as a new setting in a just couple of years.
“One of the special features that she identified is our forest school,” they said.
“Children are given the opportunity to use real tools, risk take, grow vegetables and fruit, and we’ve got our own pond as well where they do minibeast hunting.
“She also commented that myself and my partner Cheyenne are committed and passionate with a clear vision for the setting and we’ve got a clear intent of what we want to achieve – so that was really positive.
“Another thing that was really positive is that the inspector identified that we provide children with further life experiences, and I think that’s really important as part of the cultural capital. We have children from lots of different, diverse backgrounds.
“We’ve had visits from firefighters, dentists, police, authors.”
They added: “All the partnership working that we do, with parents, with our families, and obviously our staff – we’ve got really good partnerships going on there and I think that’s key if anybody is going to be successful.”