AN established nursery in Chapel St Leonards is celebrating after inspectors found that it was offering children an outstanding level of care.
Happitots Community Pre-School, based next to the village primary school on Amery Way, held an interactive event for children and parents to mark the achievement.
In her report, Ofsted inspector Carly Mooney praised the dedication and knowledge of staff at the centre.
She wrote: “Children thrive due to exceptional levels of care and support that is provided at this welcoming and forward thinking pre-school.
“They engage in many independent activities such as washing up their own cup and plate at snack time and putting on Wellington boots when choosing to play outside.
“Children play in a word rich environment and develop a love for books as they sit attentively and listen to stories told with great enthusiasm.
“Children spend valuable time in the local community, engaging in activities such as trips to the beach, post office and nursing home.”
Happitots’ previous inspection in 2005 found the provision to be satisfactory and manager Suzy Clarke said the latest report was indicative of the progress that had been made.
Mrs Clarke, said: “We had our canopy put in last year which has made a big difference to us as we value our outdoor play area.
“It was really good to receive this report, it’s fantastic, the inspector couldn’t really find anything to improve.
“It’s a team effort and it’s that team work that makes a difference.”
A priority for Happitots is helping children make a smooth transition into the primary school next door.
Primary school governor, Dave Nisbet, said: “Happitots is a great environment for children to start out on their life’s path.
“It’s a great asset for the village and the community which hasn’t happened by accident.
“It’s down to the good, solid work of Sue and all her staff who should be congratulated as well as the staff who support it in many ways.”