Staff at a Suffolk nursery were 'thrilled' to receive a 'Good' Ofsted rating just a year after facing the threat of closure.

In 2022, the volunteer committee at Woodbridge Day Nursery in Newnham Avenue stepped down, leaving the nursery workers and families with children to find somebody to take over.

Eventually, nursery chain Golden Apples stepped in to take on the running of the provision and the nursery has more than tripled the number of children on its register over the last two years.

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The nursery has now received an overall Good Ofsted report with inspectors who visited in October praising the 'stimulating and welcoming environment' and 'friendly and caring' staff.

The quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management were all described as good in the inspection report.

The nursery's manager Kerry Steff said the number of staff had doubled in preparation for the Government's plans to introduce funded care for children aged nine months and over.

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She added the nursery narrowly missed out on outstanding in its inspection.

She said: "We have, however, been given a Good rating in all areas which we are thrilled with. 

"The nursery has a real home-from-home approach to learning and we have all worked so hard to keep this nursery so we can carry on providing the community with a nursery it can be proud of."

In the report, the inspectors said: "Children are happy and they thrive in this stimulating and welcoming environment.

"Staff are friendly and caring. Children have lovely relationships with the staff and feel safe and secure. Babies contentedly nuzzle up to staff as they drink milk from their bottles.

"Older children confidently enter the nursery."

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