A nursery group where three of their four sites were told to improve has seen its second successive ‘good’ rating by Ofsted.

Peek a Boo Childcare in Waterside Health Centre on Infirmary Street has been rated good by inspectors after being previously rated as inadequate – becoming the second in the group to show significant improvement.

Last week, Ofsted released the report handed to the Darwen branch which has also been rated 'good' after previously being 'inadequate'.

Owner of the Peek a Boo group, Amir Khan said: “We are overwhelmed by the support of the parents and the community. They supported us in every way they could.

“My staff and the management team have been amazing – the way they have all worked together and boosted everyone’s moral is just fantastic.

"Through Covid, this was a sector where so much was expected, but not much support was provided.

“I can’t give enough thanks to everyone at the nursery and in the community who continued to support us, and this achievement is for them.”

In the most recent visit to the Infirmary Street facility, inspectors noted how children are ‘considerate’ and have excellent listening skills.

The report reads: “Happy sounds like laughter fill the air.

“Babies learn new skills which help them to build independence. For example, they begin to feed themselves and help with personal care routines.

“Toddlers sing out loud and follow basic rules while listening to exciting stories during circle time.

“Pre-school children are immersed in imaginative play.

“They set up their own tea parties, pretend to lead a classroom and even role play a day at the beach.

“Staff support this play well, getting involved and assuming characters, much to children's delight.”

The inspectors said that ‘substantial improvements have been made since the previous inspection’ and that the manager is a ‘driving force for change’.

The inspectors added: “She has an ambitious vision for the nursery that is shared by the owner and the staff team. The manager is proactive and has the full support of her staff team.

“Together, they have worked hard to create an exciting curriculum which encourages children to learn and discover in an engaging environment.

“The manager uses additional funding with integrity to help support individual children to achieve and grow.”

Parents are said to ‘value the nursery’ commending the manager for her ‘ability to implement swift improvements’.

Another of the four provisions on Accrington Road in Blackburn was rated ‘requires improvement’ in January 2022.

The other setting in the Cascade Building was last inspected in April 2018 when it was rated ‘good’.