A NURSERY in Winwick has been awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating, the highest accolade by Ofsted, in its latest inspection.

The Ofsted report praised the atmosphere at Cheshire Day Nursery in Winwick, and the positive impact the nursery staff have on the children.

It read: “All children are highly engaged playing with the vast array of activities and equipment available both indoors and outdoors.

“Staff are excellent role models, they are nurturing, considerate and respectful to children. The children mirror their behaviour and are considerate and respectful to each other.”

Following improvements from the owners, sister-duo Brenda Burling and Julie Mannering, the Cheshire Day Nursery, based on Hollins Drive, achieved the prestigious results in all areas.

The report included feedback from staff, children and parents, highlighting that the nursery offered an encouraging space, which focused on healthy living and positive relationships.

The Winwick setting was first acquired by Cheshire Day Nursery Group in 2015 – marking a significant addition to their award-winning portfolio of nurseries in Latchford, Guardian Street and Thelwall.   

Under the ownership of sisters Brenda Burling and Julie Mannering, the setting has now been completely transformed. “We took over with the intention of offering parents in Winwick, Chapelford and Newton-le-Willows outstanding childcare on their doorstep,” revealed Brenda, who is a Registered Nurse and Midwife.

“Our immediate improvements earned a good rating within the first six months; then we further enhanced our offering by refurbishing the nursery’s indoor and outdoor premises, reopening the Kindergarten and training a Forest School practitioner.

“The outstanding rating we have just received makes us extremely proud, as it reflects the hard work of every member of our Cheshire Day Nursery family.”

Paying tribute to the leadership of Nursery Manager Rachael Richards, who was a ‘Nursery Manager of the Year’ finalist in the national Nursery World Awards, Julie added: “In line with Ofsted’s recommendations, Rachael and her team are committed to enhancing the support for children, who are our priority in everything we do.

“The inspectors emphasised that our staff are nurturing and respectful role models, which reflects the ethos of our Group as a whole.”