An Isle of Wight nursery has secured a positive Ofsted rating for more than two decades now, after its latest visit.

Cheeky Chimps Childcare in Ryde was visited by the education watchdog in November last year and again scored 'good'.

Owner, Ricky Larbalestier has welcomed the rating saying: "As a private nursery, we seem to have been swimming against the tide with regards to funding for many years but due to hard work and the dedication of our amazing team, we maintain the highest standards possible and always will."

Ofsted inspectors said, in its recently published report, parents were extremely happy with the nursery and said how well supported they feel.

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Children arrived happy and quickly settled into familiar routines, the inspectors said, where staff knew the children well and continually built on the children's knowledge and skills.

The report says staff promote children's physical development well and children with special educational needs have tailored support to help them make progress.

It also says leaders are highly motivated and work well with staff to continuously develop the nursery and make ongoing improvements.

High behavioural expectations have been set and children learn to share and take turns with minimal support, Ofsted said.

Children's learning and development are regularly shared with parents, inspectors said, and parents told the watchdog they can see the good progress their children are making.

An effective curriculum is in place where as part of it, staff plan activities that focus on children's social and emotional development.

The leadership team and staff have a very clear understanding of how to keep children safe, the inspectors said, deeming the nursery's safeguarding arrangements as 'effective'.

Ofsted said to improve the quality of the early years provision, it could build further on relationships with parents to ensure they all know who their child's key person is.

It also suggested support staff should use their assessment of children's progress to focus more precisely on what they want children to learn next.

The nursery opened in 1998 and currently has 65 children, aged one to four, on its roll.