A Burnley nursery has wowed Ofsted officials during their latest inspection, with the school's senior manager highlighting the staff's passion and focus on the children as the reasons for them being awarded a prestigious 'outstanding' rating.
Effusively praised by the education inspector and regulator after an inspection in May of this year, Giant Leap Childcare and Learning Centre on Coal Clough Lane secured the highest possible rating thanks to its "outstanding and inspirational leadership", the school's "consistently strong" teaching, and their emphasis on healthy lifestyles, according to the report.
Also highlighted were the staff's "remarkably strong relationships with children, parents and other professionals" and the children's "high levels of self-confidence and self-esteem", which have seen Giant Leap Childcare, which offers a wide range of services for children between the ages of zero and 11, improve on the 'good' rating from five years ago.
"For us, the children are the most important members of the team; everything comes from them, so it's really nice that that's been recognised," said Jade Taylor, Senior Nursery Manager. "It's the passion of the staff and the hard work the team puts in that's key, and having that good working bond is crucial.
"We're a large team of about 90 members of staff, so for us to be considered as outstanding and be consistent across the nursery is a real positive for us," Jade added. "The team have done amazingly, they work so hard. We are absolutely thrilled."
As well as the 'outstanding' Ofsted rating, Giant Leap Childcare has also been awarded the 'Step into Quality' and Lancashire Quality Award for outstanding childcare practice, the Recipe4Health Award for healthy menu options, and the 'Skills and Development Award' at the Themis Inspire and Achieve Awards 2014, and is constantly looking to improve, with a new building on-site set to open in September.
"It will be completely fully-funded places for the most disadvantaged children," said Jade of the new building. "As the needs of the area have changed, we've had more demand, so we try to respond to what the area needs."
For more information, head to Giant Leap Childcare's website at http://www.giantleapchildcare.co.uk/