CHILDREN are being supported to 'thrive' at a nursery in Wheatley, Ofsted has said.

The regulator was impressed following a visit to Wheatley Nursery School, and reissued its previous rating of 'good'.

Ofsted sent a letter to headteacher Stephen Passey, published yesterday, stating: "You lead with a calm determination to improve outcomes further for all children.

"Deputy heads provide strong, enthusiastic support and share your vision for the school to be the best it can be.

"Hard work and dedication ensures it remains a good school in which children learn well and are supported effectively to thrive."

A parent told the inspector: "Children are so engaged and interested by the varied activities.

"Staff are loving, friendly and approachable.

"This is an absolutely fabulous nursery."

The inspector visited the 81-pupil nursery last month, and wrote in the letter: "Activities spark [children's] interest and they respond with natural curiosity, and an increasing determination to complete tasks effectively.

" Relationships between children and adults are exemplary...Children frequently engage in high-quality conversations with adults."

He said the nursery school in Littleworth Road 'has embraced outside learning' and 'enables children to use the rich, natural opportunities provided by the school’s environment'.

The letter added: "These carefully planned activities enrich the curriculum and provide a safe space in which children are encouraged to assess risks as they climb, build dens and carry and drag logs."

Wheatley Nursery School was last inspected five years ago, when it was also rated 'good'.

It is on the same site as several other schools.