A Holme Valley nursery has returned to Ofsted’s good books.

Honley Day Care and Pre-Preparatory School’s Good status has been restored following a recent inspection.

The nursery had been downgraded to 4-Inadequate in January when it is thought Ofsted encountered an “isolated incident” involving safeguarding.

After the recent visit, inspector Eleanor Proctor said: “Children are happy and relaxed within this bright and welcoming nursery. They form strong attachments with staff, which helps them to settle quickly and enjoy their learning

“Children’s behaviour is good because staff acknowledge positive behaviour through meaningful praise, give clear instructions and are positive role models at all times.

“Children are safeguarded because the management team is strong and staff have a good understanding of their roles and responsibilities for child protection.

“Effective partnership working with parents means there is continuity of learning between the nursery and home, which contributes to the good progress children make.”

The inspector also stated: “The nursery ensures that children are kept safe from harm and all children make good progress as a result.

“Safeguarding responsibilities are understood by staff who clearly explain how they would deal with any concerns that relate to children’s welfare or


“The nursery has a robust recruitment procedure for new staff that includes obtaining an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and verifying staff’s suitability to work with children.”

The day care, based at Queens Square, was set up in 2010 and is run by Carlin Nurseries Limited. It has 92 children on its roll.