CHILDREN’S behaviour described as “exemplary” at thriving nursery upgraded to “outstanding” in latest Ofsted.

Leaps and Bounds Day Nursery, on Bemister Road in Bournemouth, has been praised by the education watchdog after being upgraded from ‘good’ in its latest inspection.

The report found that children “thrive in the welcoming and extremely nurturing environment.”

Staff are described as “highly skilled” and plan an effective curriculum to help children make “excellent progress.”

The report said: “Every child is treated as an individual, and highly skilled staff deliver a rich and varied curriculum tailored to children's individual needs and abilities.”

It added that staff are passionate and knowledgeable and have high expectations for the children to achieve.

Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities were found to be well supported.

“Children feel secure in the setting because safeguarding is given an exceptionally high priority by the dedicated staff, who are highly skilled and confident in this area.”

Inspectors found that parents spoke of staff very highly, saying they “go over and above” to make children happy and secure.”

Children are taught how to lead healthy lifestyles and are provided each with a toothbrush to teach them how good oral health.

They also given nutritious snacks and plenty of exercise in fresh air, “their bodies in a variety of ways to enhance their fitness.”

Victoria Cadman, proprietor of Leaps and Bounds Day Nursery, said: “We’ve worked so hard as a team the sector as a whole is under a lot of pressure at the moment with the lack of funding and lack of staff, lots of settings are having to close their doors.

“My team are all dedicated in giving the best care and education and this has rewarded us and proven our hard work has paid off.

“I am so grateful for the wonderful staff , families and children we care for.

“We are over the moon to get this result, we just  hope that our sector gets the recognition it deserves across the board as we all provide a very important role in these young children’s lives.”