A POPULAR children's nursery has been given a glowing report by inspectors.

Holyrood Day Nursery in Walmersley Road, Bury, has 73 youngsters aged under four on its books and is run by Happitots Day Nurseries.

Inspectors from education watchdog Ofsted visited the nursery on January 8 and published their report this week.

They gave it a 'good' rating — the second best out of four possible ratings — and one better than the previous rating in April 2013.

Inspectors praised staff for planning everything the nursery does to ensure that children were challenged to take part in activities that reflect their interests and stages of development.

Staff are supported well, the report says, and the nursery forms good partnerships with other professionals to ensure children are cared for consistently.

"Staff help children learn about safety as they play. They encourage them to recognise and remove risks and hazards, such as water on the nursery floor," the report says.

It adds: "Daily opportunities are provided for the children to be physically active and enjoy a wide variety of activities in the outdoor area of the nursery."

Inspectors said staff could reach the top rating of 'outstanding' if staff were to help older children with maths more during their play.

The nursery's manager, Julianne England, said she was proud of the rating.

She added: "We have an excellent team here at Holyrood Bury.

"Staff share the company's vision of exceptional childcare being available for all.

"We have been on a journey which continues on, working to improve the outcomes for children in the Bury area.

"The company has worked closely with the new management team to achieve this outcome but are now striving towards 'outstanding'.

"We remain focused on the children and their families here at Holyrood and we aim to cater for their individual needs, with our well qualified and experienced staff team having high expectations as to what the children in our care can achieve."