A CELEBRATION party was held at a Hook nursery after it was awarded an “outstanding” grading from education watchdog Ofsted.

Around 80 children and parents gathered for a big celebration afternoon at the Sunshine Daisy Nursery, at the Priory Farmhouse, Hook, on August 19.

The nursery, which is owned by Victoria Peterkin, was graded as outstanding following a two-day visit from Ofsted inspectors in July.

The report said that the “enthusiastic knowledgeable staff nurture children’s curiosity and consequently, children make excellent progress. Children clearly feel safe and comfortable with the staff who establish very warm, affectionate bonds with the children.”

In addition, inspectors praised the staff at the nursery, saying: “The leadership and management team ensure staff have a very good understanding of safeguarding.

“Regular risk assessments help to ensure risks to children are minimised in all areas of the premises and children learn how to promote their own safety.”

Staff from the nursery joined children and parents in celebrating the achievement with a party in a marquee on the grounds, enjoying an afternoon of food, drink and specially-made Ofsted cupcakes.

Mother-of-two Victoria told The Gazette: “It is such a great result and we are so proud of everybody. The party was a really lovely afternoon. It was lovely to have an opportunity to be less formal and celebrate together.

“We think we have been outstanding for a long time but it is good to get officially recognised. We work in partnership with the parents and they are very supportive.”