A Cononley nursery has been rated good by Ofsted inspectors.

Stepping Stones - based in the village institute - was praised for meeting the individual care and learning needs of each child.

“The children are happy, interested and eager to try new experiences,” said inspector Amanda Forrest.

“They make good progress in their learning and are supported by well-skilled staff.”

She added that the staff had a highly effective information sharing system with parents and the local school and carefully tracked children’s development.

“Staff know how to motivate children to learn well. They play alongside them and engage them in complex conversations. Staff speak to the children constantly about what they are doing, talking expressively to them as a matter of daily route.”

And Ms Forrest noted: “Children’s behaviour is good. They consider each other’s feelings, share well and pass each other resources. This is because staff are good role models and give lots of encouragement, praise and say please and thank you.”

She highlighted two areas where the nursery can improve – extending the children’s creative skills and to strengthen the use of the outdoor environment.

Nursery owner Jo Clark said she was delighted with the report.

“We’ve worked really hard to make the nursery and out of school club the success it is,” she said.

“We try to forge strong relationships with our parents and the local community and it’s fantastic to have this recognised by Ofsted.”

She praised the nursery staff adding: “I work with a wonderful team of people who put so much care and effort into the nursery and the children who come to us.”