A NURSERY and after-school club in Hartford has been praised by Ofsted for the ‘warm and positive atmosphere’ it has created for children.

Kids Count operates in Hartford Primary School, in Riddings Lane, and the provision has been rated ‘good’ following an Ofsted inspection.

Inspector Kathryn Dorrington said: “Regular in-house training helps to ensure that staff are familiar with the signs to be concerned about in relation to child protection matters.

“Managers help to keep staff's safeguarding knowledge current by testing this out at frequent staff meetings.

“Staff know what to do if they are concerned about a child's well-being or about the conduct of a colleague.”

“Staff's nurturing approach helps create a warm and positive atmosphere where children feel relaxed and settled.”

The inspector was impressed with the behaviour and development of the children.

Inspector Dorrington said: “Children are very confident and articulate communicators.

“They offer to provide a tour of the outdoor area and explain what they like about nursery. The interesting range of toys and natural resources freely available ignites children's curiosity to explore.”

The inspector did observe room for improvement in the nursery.

Inspector Dorrington said: “At times, staff do not challenge older and more-able children in their learning at the highest level.

“Occasionally, younger children are not able to practise walking independently.”