A previously struggling preschool has been praised as a place where children are “happy and confident” in a new Ofsted report.

Woodberry Day Nursery and Preschool on Peartree Avenue was given a ‘Good’ rating after an inspection on June 6 - bettering its previous ‘Requires Improvement’ grade.

Inspectors found children were “happy and confident to separate from their parents on arrival” and that “staff place a strong focus on children’s happiness”.

The report said: “Older children follow daily routines such as self-registration and putting away their belongings.

“This helps children feel safe and secure. Children thoroughly enjoy staff interactions.

“They seek staff out to join in their play or for support when needed. Staff act as positive role models. They use distractions and discussions to help children develop negotiation skills.”

The leadership was also praised.

The report said: “The manager and leadership team have worked hard to make significant improvements since the last inspection.

“They ensure there is effective oversight to assess the quality of the nursery. For example, the manager uses supervision sessions to evaluate staff's practice.

“This helps to identify any professional development opportunities and support.”

It added: “The manager has devised a well-sequenced curriculum, which staff have been involved in. Children are now able to consolidate their learning before moving on. They develop a good range of skills to support their future learning.”

However, it was pointed out that sometimes staff are busy with tasks and don’t give enough attention.

Despite this, the report said: “This means that, at times, staff are not able to give children the level of attention they need.

“Partnerships with parents, other professionals and schools is effective."

It added: “Parents speak highly of the support and care that they and their children receive. Staff work with parents to ensure they are fully involved in children's learning.

“This collaborative approach helps to support children's learning and development.”