A NURSERY in Tynedale has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted for the third time in a row.

Following its latest inspection, Little Oaks Nursery, in Acomb, was rated as outstanding in all four categories: quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management.

The early years setting was first given the highest possible grading in 2009 and retained the status in 2016.

Nursery manager Catherine Fergus said staff at the nursery were "absolutely delighted" with their latest inspection result.

She said: "We work hard and we want to be outstanding, but we were absolutely thrilled by the report."

Inspectors described the children's behaviour as "outstanding", and said they are "happy, safe and secure" at the nursery.

They added: "Those that are new settle quickly. There is a very strong focus on friendship, kindness and respect."

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Inspectors also praised the “highly skilled, well-qualified and experienced” team members, highlighting their “superb relationships with the children”, and describing staff as “excellent role models".

The report said: "The nursery plays a vital role in the local community.

"Parents cannot speak highly enough of staff and the quality of education and care they provide."

The "very good support" for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities was also highlighted.

Little Oaks Nursery is situated within Acomb First School and is open Monday to Friday from 8am until 6pm, during term time only.

It has capacity for 24 children.

The nursery follows forest school principles and holds forest school sessions in a dedicated wooded copse just above the setting, weather permitting, throughout the year.