EXTENSIVE progress at a Reading nursery has been attributed to the efforts of a newly-appointed manager and dedication of staff.

Greyfriars Day Nursery has achieved a 'Good' rating from Ofsted following a recent inspection, a significant improvement on the previous visit.

Previously rated 'Inadequate' in all areas back in October, the nursery has transformed and has a clear direction for making further progress.

A spokesman for the nursery said: "The rating follows a challenging time for the nursery.

"In late 2017 and early 2018 a temporary suspension notice was served on the nursery related to concerns around management.

"After reopening a considerable amount of work and effort has gone into appointing a new management team, training and developing staff and strengthening governance and oversight from the board.

"We are pleased to see that effort result in the Ofsted inspection rating.

"We continue to be grateful to parents and guardians of children at the nursery for their continued support. We have been encouraged by what parents have been saying to us."

The nursery intends to make further strides by following up on Ofsted recommendations and building on the strong relationships with parents.

A recent refurbishment and redecoration has livened up the nursery, with plans in place to install a state-of-the-art CCTV system.

The report reads: "The newly appointed manager demonstrates a strong commitment to making positive changes.

"Staff work closely with other professionals to ensure children receive the support they need and achieve their well-planned targets.

"Staff are attentive, kind and sensitively help young children understand what is expected of them. Older children are polite, well mannered and listen to others."

The October visit was the first time Ofsted had seen the nursery since 2013 and a number of concerns were raised.

Attendance records were not consistently maintained and the quality of teaching was deemed to be inconsistent.