A nursery on the coast has been praised by the education watchdog for 'positive, trusting and supportive relationships' between staff and children. 

St Nicholas Children's Centre, on St Nicholas Road in Great Yarmouth, has been rated 'good' by Ofsted.

The centre, which opened in 2005, is an early years setting for children up to four-years-old, with 73 children currently on its roll.

Inspectors visited in January and described the nursery as a place with a "positive work environment" that is "well-led and runs smoothly".

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They said: "Staff build positive, trusting and supportive relationships with children. They involve themselves in children's play.

"Staff working with babies give them plenty of cuddles and reassurance. They help them to learn the names of objects."

They also said that staff ensure children hear lots of stories and songs, which helps to develop their understanding of language.

The centre recently created a sensory room with various stimuli to help children develop and engage in their senses.

Inspectors said that the children "move energetically and freely in a variety of different and interesting ways" in the room.

"This helps them to build on their strength and physical skills. The room also provides a quieter haven where children can relax as they study the multi-sensory resources, such as lights and textured materials."

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An area where the nursery could improve was that leaders and managers do not closely or purposefully observe the quality of interaction between staff and children.

"This means that they miss some opportunities to help staff raise the quality of their practice with children even higher," inspectors said.

Laura Murkin, the centre's manager, said: "I am so proud of all the staff at St Nicholas who go above and beyond to ensure that every children who attends St Nicholas is given love and attention and the skills to thrive and flourish throughout their early years moving on."