Little Explorers Day Nursery delighted at ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating

Nursery rated as Outstanding by Ofsted inspectors

Nursery rated as Outstanding by Ofsted inspectors - Credit: PA

The quality and standard of education at an “outstanding” west Suffolk nursery has been singled out for praise by a Government inspector.

Little Explorers Day Nursery, in Pakenham near Bury St Edmunds, had an unannounced Ofsted inspection in October and the results have recently been published.

The Thurston Road school, which currently caters for around 60 children, was judged outstanding across all criteria, including how well the early years provision meets the needs of the children and contributes to their wellbeing.

The effectiveness of its leadership and management was also mentioned.

The last inspection was in 2009 just after the school opened and it was rated ‘good’.

This time in her report, inspector Daniella Tyler said: “The quality of teaching is outstanding. Staff have an excellent knowledge and understanding of how children learn. They use this to provide a highly stimulating and exciting environment for children.”

Manager Lisa Mayes said she was delighted with the report. She added: “Ofsteds are not announced in nursery settings so we were not able to plan like schools can. So to still achieve an outstanding report in those circumstances is very gratifying. A lot of things have contributed, including the partnership we have with parents, who are very supportive of what we are trying to achieve.”

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Ms Mayes said: “The commitment of staff members who are always striving to improve is another big factor.

“They are always planning new and exciting things for the kids to do.”