A NURSERY has bounced back from a negative Ofsted report after being rated ‘good’ in its latest inspection.

Stepping Stones of Sopley, in Burnt House Lane in Christchurch, has been praised for staff’s hard work after a damning report in July last year.

The nursery was previously rated ‘good’ in 2019 but was downgraded to ‘inadequate’ when inspectors found weakness in safeguarding.

However, after a visit in December 2023, Stepping Stones of Sopley has claimed back its ‘good’ rating.

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Inspectors from the education watchdog recognised ‘significant changes’ have been made to improve the nursery.

The report said children are confident coming into the ‘welcoming nursery’ and are encouraged to be independent by staff.

“Staff know their key children particularly well and are able to recognise when they need reassurance.”

Inspectors also found staff to support children in understanding risks, such as how to use scissors safely and being aware of other when riding bicycles.

Parents praised the work of the manager and staff, saying they recognised the changes made ‘in such a short time’.

Becky Rogerson, manager, said: “It is a real testament to the Stepping Stones team who have been, without doubt, absolute superstars, supporting each other along the way.

“We have all shown such determination to ensure the children have access to a rich curriculum that meets their individual needs and that they feel safe and secure in a nurturing environment.

“Our families have been wonderful and so supportive of us.

“We are embracing a real ‘community feel’ at Stepping Stones now.”

Shulah Tindle, nursery committee chair, said the team have worked ‘exceptionally hard’ to improve their knowledge and skills.

“With the full backing of the committee, Becky has gone above and beyond to change practices and drive her team forward, it has undoubtedly been through her vision, leadership and determination that Stepping Stones, has once again, become a true asset to the community of Bransgore."

At the time of the inspection Stepping Stones of Sopley cared for 22 children aged between one to four.