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A nursery team in Tatsfield who “go the extra mile” have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in its first inspection – just two years after opening.

Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery Tatsfield, on Church Hill, was given the best rating possible in all areas assessed by the education watchdog following the inspection on August 17.

The nursery, which opened in June 2015 and accounts for 62 children aged between the ages of seven months and four, was praised for its “exceptional range of activities and learning opportunities”.

Jane Martin, the nursery manager, said: “We are delighted as it’s quite unusual to get an outstanding on your first inspection so it makes it a double success really.

“We worked very hard to put everything in place to a very high standard and from day one it was always an ambition of ours to get outstanding.

“It’s so much more than just a nursery to us. We know our parents and the families really well and if they need help in any way we happily give that to them.

“We will always do the extra things to try and help out, whether that is giving advice or recommendations to parents and it’s about going that extra mile.”

The nursery, one of more than 40 nurseries part of the Monkey Puzzle Day group, was also praised for the unique ways it helps children learn and progress.

The nursery only opened in 2015 and has been awarded ‘outstanding’ in it’s first inspection

The report said: “Planning is highly effective and takes account of children’s individual interests and next steps in learning. For example, young children enjoy paddling in their pretend sea, hiding in the underwater cavern and exploring the names of sea creatures.

“Older children have extremely good opportunities to learn about the natural world. For example, they monitor frogspawn turning into tadpoles and show absolute delight when their bantam chicks hatch.”

It adds: “Children benefit from an excellent range of exciting resources that challenges them effectively. For example, they sell fresh fruits and vegetables in their farm shop.

“Children are exceptionally well supported and challenged in their spontaneous play ideas. For example, they build ramps and use tubes and guttering to observe the flow of water in outdoor play.

“Children have extensive opportunities for exploring outside. They enthusiastically grow vegetables from seed and harvest their produce to create tasty snacks.”

At the nursery – which holds family fun days, picnics and barbecues – each child is assigned a worker who is responsible for that child’s development, something which Ms Martin believes is key to the nurseries success.

She said: “Where I do think we stand out is the emphasis we put on each child’s independence. From a very young age they are doing lots of things for themselves, such babies washing their hands before meals.

“The children absolutely love it and most of them skip into the nursery as they know they will have a great time.”