A nursery in Accrington has been rated as ‘good’ at its first Ofsted inspection.

Little Wonders Nursery, at the Spring Hill Community Centre on Exchange Street, was rated good in all areas, including quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management.

A spokesperson for the nursery said they was surprised by the rating, as the site faced closure months ago after being vandalised.

According to inspectors, children at the nursery are said to be happy and eager to learn.

The report said: “Staff's interactions with children are warm, caring and nurturing. They are enthusiastic and praise children for their efforts, achievements and positive behaviour.

“This has a positive impact on children's confidence and self-esteem and their readiness for learning.”

Inspectors praised the nursery’s key-person system, when a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children, which helps to ensure “children's emotional well-being is supported effectively”.

Staff are said to have a good understanding of each child’s learning needs and activities are tailored to help them make good progress.

The report said: “Staff are focused on closing any gaps in children's learning, and they make good use of additional funding to help prevent children from falling behind”.

Children who speak English as an additional language are supported.

The report said: “They work closely with the children's families and other professionals. Achievable targets are set and strategies are shared to promote the children's ongoing progression in their language development.”

Children are also said to behave well and the report praised the strong team spirit at the nursery.

The learning environment is said to be inviting, with plenty of exciting resources that are easily accessible to children.

The report has also highlighted areas where the nursery could improve.

Staff need to develop their skills when it comes to the curriculum for literacy.

The report says: “The manager does not ensure staff have the required skills and knowledge to deliver the curriculum for literacy.

“As a result, staff do not consistently support children to develop an accurate understanding of different letters and the sounds they represent.”

Staff have also been told to be mindful of their vocabulary.

The report said: “Staff constantly talk to children about what they are doing and ask them questions to help extend their learning.

“However, at times, they use the wrong words as they talk. For example, they say 'froggy' instead of frog and 'ducky' instead of duck. This does not fully support children to develop the very best communication and language skills.”

A spokesperson for the nursery said: “We are delighted with the Ofsted rating that Little Wonders has received.

“The good rating reflects the amazing work done by our fantastic team on the ground in supporting and nurturing the children in our care.

“This is all the more astonishing because just a few months ago the nursery was vandalised and was on the brink of closure.

“It was the community spirit and help from local volunteers that gave us the courage to continue and achieve this phenomenal outcome.”