A ROMSEY Pre-School has celebrated being rated outstanding in an Ofsted inspection.

Chatterbox Community Pre-School Limited, Halterworth Lane, achieved the 'Outstanding' rating in all categories from school watchdog Ofsted, following an inspection last month.

Their previous inspection in 2013 rated the school as 'Outstanding'.

The Pre-School, where children from two to four-years-old can attend, offers pupils free early education and is open each weekday during school term.

Manager at Chatterbox Community Pre-School, Lorraine Morgan, said: "We are absolutely delighted because everything has to be perfect according to the new inspection framework, which started in September this year.

"I am proud of our Chatterbox pink ladies for all their dedication and support; it is a testament to all their hard work."

Lorraine, 59, who has worked with the Pre-School since September 1999, added: "It is always nerve-wracking having an inspection and we hoped we would maintain our 'Outstanding' rating, which was brilliant."

Cllr Alan Dowden, who represents Valley Park on the borough council, said: "I am pleased not only for the children, because they benefit from the Pre-School being 'Outstanding', but it's good for the staff.

"After the nursery failing in Valley Park it is good to hear some good news."

The Ofsted report said: "The leaders of the setting are inspirational; they are passionate about doing the very best for all children.

"They work collaboratively with practitioners to inspire and coach their practice further.

"Leaders reflect on their environment consistently and involve children, parents and practitioners in this process."

The report added: "Children are enthusiastic learners. They are eager to take part in all activities that are on offer to them.

"For example, children build on their physical development as they complete exercises in the garden.

"Practitioners use this activity to help children have a good understanding of how to keep themselves healthy.

"It also encourages good social interactions and mathematical development as they decide whether they do big or small jumps."

The inspector also noted how the children's behaviour is "impeccable" and are "highly motivated" towards learning.