Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah visited Pen Green Centre for Children and Families in Corby on Thursday (October 16) and described it as the Rolls Royce of nurseries.
He toured the centre in Pen Green Lane, chatting to staff, parents and children.
He said: “I’m really impressed with the enthusiasm shown by everyone. Pen Green sets a gold standard and I was extremely impressed to see how enthusiastically and creatively they look after children in their care.
“We know that good quality nursery provision can make all the difference to how well children do at school and Pen Green is exemplary in putting them on the right path.”
Among the parents the minister spoke to were Lisa and Carl Young, who have six children and live on the Kingswood estate in Corby.
Two of their children, Alaric, one, and Elijah, just six weeks, are taken to Pen Green by their parents several times a week.
Lisa, 28, said: “All the children have enjoyed coming to the centre. I have a great family support worker and I’ve made so many friends. I’ve completed some of the courses the centre offers, including counselling and being a confident parent.
“It feels like a home from home and I can’t imagine what my life would be like without Pen Green.”
Mum Ashley Williamson, 28, attended Pen Green as a child and her three children, Oliver, eight, Ava, three, and Reuben, 15 months, have also benefited from its facilities.
She said: “I had postnatal depression after Ava and I don’t know how I would have managed without the support of the staff at Pen Green.”