A nursery in Cranfield has been rated as among the best in the country.
Cherry Trees Day Nursery has been officially named one of the best early learning centres in the country for the second time.
Emma Jestice, manager of the nursery in West Road on the Cranfield University site, said the announcement from Ofsted was met with tears and celebrations.
Only 12 per cent of English Early Years Providers achieve the top ‘Outstanding’ rating and two successive achievements is even rarer.
Emma said: “We couldn’t be more delighted. My staff are simply wonderful and we have the best children and parents. It really doesn’t get any better than this.”
She added that all were fully committed to making it ‘three in a row’ at the next unannounced inspection by Ofsted.
Parent Leanne Grove, who is also a teacher at a local school, congratulated the team on their success and said: “Cherry Trees is a great place for all of the children who attend the nursery.
“During my five years as a parent I have always felt that the level of care given has made my life so much easier.
“I have never had cause to worry about either Charlotte or Joseph during their time at nursery. Joseph runs in every morning with a smile on his face, which says it all.”
Awarding top ratings in every category, the Ofsted inspector noted the bond between staff and children; the wealth of resources and opportunities available at the nursery and the skilful way children were encouraged in a variety of activities both inside and in the large garden.
The inspector said: “These activities excite and enthuse the children, leading to very high levels of engagement in learning.”
He said the children were extremely well prepared for school.
Emma said she was particularly pleased that the inspector had also praised the close working relationship with parents which ensured that children’s strengths and areas for development were quickly addressed to achieve rapid progress.
She added: “Parents and staff working together over many years have made this nursery outstanding.
“That Ofsted has recognised it for a second time in a row is the icing on the cake,” she said, praising her team for their unfailing dedication to the children in their care.