Top Ofsted rating for kids’ nursery

Nursery manager Zo� Robinson and Keira Dawson.
Nursery manager Zo� Robinson and Keira Dawson.

A south east Northumberland nursery is celebrating after achieving an outstanding Ofsted inspection, the first to achieve the rating in the area.

Kids 1st Wansbeck in Woodhorn Lane, Ashington, was judged as ‘outstanding’ in every category and has been given a major amount of positive feedback from Ofsted.

Inspector Eileen Grimes said she was particularly impressed with the exemplary teaching quality, the successful partnerships with parents, the staff’s understanding of individual children’s needs and the development of the children, stating that babies are exceeding the expected level of development for their age.

Zoë Robinson, nursery manager at Kids 1st Wansbeck, said: “All of my team work so hard to ensure that we provide the very best care and education for the children in the nursery and we are all delighted that this has been recognised as outstanding.”

The Ofsted rating is the 12th for family-run business Kids 1st, which celebrated its tenth anniversary year in 2014.

Managing director Mark McArdle added: “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Zoë and the team at Kids 1st Wansbeck for all of their hard work and dedication to the nursery.

“Many of the staff have been with us for over ten years and it has made me so proud to see how their careers have developed during that time.”

At the end of 2014 Kids 1st was named the ‘Highest Quality Childcare Provider in the UK’ by Nursery World for the fourth consecutive year.