A BASINGSTOKE nursery and preschool has been rated as 'good' following a recent Ofsted inspection.

As previously reported, Bright Horizons Copper Beeches Day Nursery and Preschool, in Cliddesden Road, was visited by Ofsted on Friday, September 8 and a report published on Tuesday, October 10, rated it as 'inadequate'.

The nursery and preschool was inspected again on Monday, February 19 and received an updated rating of 'good' in the report released on Tuesday, March 19. 

Nursery manager Charlotte Vines said: "I feel so proud to see our 'good' Ofsted report has recognised the hard work and passion our nursery practitioners have shown in creating a welcoming and inclusive nursery.

"We continue to work hard to ensure each child's needs are met and we have a supportive environment focused on their wellbeing.

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Basingstoke Gazette: Happy faces at the nursery!Happy faces at the nursery! (Image: Bright Horizons)

"Our Bright Beginnings Curriculum ensures that every child receives the best early years care, focusing on learning through play. 

"We are delighted that the inspectors recognised how well the whole team worked together to achieve this result."

The report found that "children are well cared for in a welcoming and inclusive nursery", benefitting from strong relationships with key persons who meet their individual needs well.

It continued: "Staff place a priority on helping children recognise and manage their feelings, implementing effective strategies to help children regulate their emotions, including through the provision of comfortable, calming spaces for children to relax outside of a busy room."

The report added that children 'behave well and take responsibility' for tidying away the toys.

Inspectors found that leaders at the nursery focus on supporting children's learning and wellbeing to the highest level.

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Ofsted continued: "Leaders have devised an ambitious curriculum, which accurately identifies priorities for children's learning, with strong focus on supporting babies to gain confidence in their physical skills and for older children to progress towards being ready for the move to school.

"Staff promote children's communication and language. The early language lead practitioner successfully supports staff to raise children's achievements in early language development as a priority."

It was highlighted that children at the nursery with identified special educational needs and/or disabilities receive effective support.

The report added: "Parents speak very highly of the staff team, and highlight the value placed on recognising the whole family from the beginning of their journey at the nursery."