A 'HOMELY' nursery where children 'flourish' has retained its top Ofsted rating six years on from its last inspection.

Building Blocks Day Nursery between Barnton and Anderton was rated Outstanding in its first inspection by the education watchdog back in 2017.

And earlier this year, Ofsted inspectors returned to the Hough Lane nursery to carry out another scheduled inspection.

Following the inspection, Ofsted published their report on March 9 showing the excellent standards had been maintained.

A Building Blocks Day Nursery spokesperson said: "We are delighted to have again been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ grade by Ofsted in our recent inspection.

"The inspection day was no different to any other day in the nursery and show cased what an inspirational nursery is it.

"I am incredibly proud of all the hard work, passion and dedication all the staff put in on a daily basis.

"We would also like to thank all our parents who are always incredibly supportive."

The nursery received Outstanding ratings in all four inspected categories - quality of education; behaviour and attitudes; personal development; and leadership and management.

Strengths highlighted in the report include the nursery's 'exceptionally clear and passionate' leadership as well as the staff's promotion and encouragement of children's communication skills and love of reading.

In their report, the Ofsted inspector said parents 'thoroughly recommend the nursery and comment on how well they feel their child is known and cared for as an individual'.

The inspector added: "Children flourish in this exceptionally well resourced, welcoming and homely nursery.

"They arrive eager to engage in activities and excitedly seek out their friends to share experiences with.

"Children's behaviour is exemplary. They display extremely high levels of well-being and engagement.

"Children are very kind and considerate towards each other and the friendly staff. Children learn how to share and negotiate.

"They work together as a team and demonstrate extremely high levels of imagination.

"Children develop high levels of independence. Toddlers help to serve lunch with beaming smiles, saying the name of their friend as they serve their plate to them.

"Older children self-select and return resources without adult support. Demonstrating a well-embedded understanding of the rules of the nursery. Children feel safe and know they are well cared for in the nursery.

"Babies enjoy the warmth and comfort of the staff's observant and gentle approach. They form strong bonds with staff, which helps to establish positive social skills."