A NURSERY where children 'smile with pride' has been praised.

Little Angels Day Nursery in Northwich has been graded as ‘good’ following its latest Ofsted inspection.

Tina Smith, manager of the nursery on Winnington Lane, hasn’t been in the job long, making this result even sweeter.

She said: “Having only taken over the manager role one year ago I am delighted with our Ofsted report, highlighting our commitment to excellence, the success of our curriculum and the quality of education we provide.

“We have spent the last 12 months working hard behind the scenes to ensure the setting is providing a high standard of care, education and learning and feel that this has been well reflected within our report.

“Our wonderful new preschool facility was also highly praised by the Ofsted inspector during feedback.”

Ofsted inspector Marianne McDowell visited Little Angels on March 19, with the findings published on Monday (April 22).

Ms Smith also receives a great deal of praise in the report, which highlights how she has built 'strong relationships' with external professionals to support children with special educational needs.

Northwich Guardian: Little Angels Day Nursery is located along Winnington LaneLittle Angels Day Nursery is located along Winnington Lane (Image: Google Maps)

It also adds she is 'highly appreciative of her staff, reflective, and accurately identifies areas for improvement'.

But it’s not just the manager praised in the report with staff in general highly commended.

The report reads: “Staff have high ambitions for children's progress and instil values of kindness and respect.

“Staff act as positive role models and have high expectations for children's behaviour and learning.

“They are enthusiastic and caring and place a strong emphasis on getting to know the children and their families when they first start.

“Staff teach children to take appropriate risks and challenges as they play, building their confidence and resilience and giving them a sense of achievement when they succeed.  

“Children smile with pride as they receive praise for their efforts and are developing positive attitudes to learning.”

Little Angels received a ‘good’ rating in every area of the inspection – quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management.

Among the areas the report says the nursery could improve on is its work with schools the children will go on to attend.

It states: “To further improve the quality of the early years provision, the provider should strengthen the transition process so that children are fully prepared for their next stages in learning and further develop partnerships with parents and offer them more ways to continue their children's learning at home.”