A nursery school has been rated outstanding by Ofsted.

The inspector’s glowing report praised Hillbury House Nursery in Denmark villas, Hove, for the calibre of its staff, its rich curriculum, and the children’s “superb thirst for learning”.

Ofsted published the findings last week.

Staff, parents and children were interviewed by inspector Shan Jones, whose findings showed a nursery where children flourish.

The report said: “Babies and toddlers thrive in the highly stimulating, safe and enjoyable environment.”

“Staff have an in-depth understanding of children’s individual learning needs.

“They share information with other staff very effectively so that everyone is aware of children’s interests and next steps.”

The inspector also praised the nursery’s work in fostering academic interests.

She wrote: “Inspiring members of staff have a sharp focus on promoting children’s communication and language skills, as well as their passion for early literacy.”

The keynote of the report, though, was the nursery’s broad approach to learning.

The inspector applauded Hillbury House’s warmth, the sense of belonging children felt, and the sheer range of what was on offer.

She noted: “Older children delight in solving problems while experimenting with cardboard tubes and cars.

“Regular cooking lessons give children an excellent understanding of quantities and weights. Children snuggle together and spend time looking at their favourite books.”

Asked how the nursery could improve, the inspector was hard pressed to find an answer.

She said the school should “continue to implement the plans to enhance the already excellent outdoor provision, to reflect an even wider range of activities and further support those children who learn best outdoors”.

The school was found to be outstanding in every category.

Nursery owner Liz Woolley said: “I’m so pleased.

“I took over two years ago and this is the first time I’ve been in charge when we’ve had a report like this.

“We’ve been working on loads of creative ways to learn and have fun, like forest school sessions, yoga, and healthy eating workshops.

“I think it’s the breadth of what we do that stood out.

“Recently, we’ve focused on the environment and recycling and the kids have absolutely loved it.

“They get so involved. We have gone for beach clean ups and even at home, parents have noticed their little ones are sorting the rubbish.

“They really love sorting.

“When we first heard about the findings, I sent a mass email round to parents.

“We all know it’s fantastic, but it’s just nice to have it confirmed.”

Hillbury House Nursery offers just 30 places for children from birth to the age of five.

It consistently achieves high results in Ofsted reports, and was ranked outstanding after the last inspection in 2013.