Top marks were given in all six areas of learning - group activities, vocabulary, numbers, science, good quality teaching and music and movement.

However, the inspectors said the playgroup needed to improve ways information on education provision and children's progress was given to parents.

Opportunities were also needed for parents and carers to contribute to progress records.

The report concluded that the playgroup had a happy and friendly setting in the village hall and children were making good progress towards early learning.

Playgroup supervisor Sylvia Kelly, said: "I am again very pleased with the report. I thoroughly enjoy my job and to get recognition in this way is rewarding."

Mrs Kelly thanked her staff and parents and the playgroup committee for their support.

Mrs Waite added: "We hold many fundraising events during the year, which enables us to buy new equipment and we are grateful to everyone who supports us."