Staff, parents and children from Busy Bees nursery in Corby are celebrating after receiving an outstanding rating from Ofsted.
Inspectors visited the nursery on the Oakley Vale estate last month and rated it as outstanding in all areas, improving on its previous rating of good from January 2016.
It received top marks for the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.
The inspection report said: "Children love being in this setting and are very eager to get involved in all the exciting activities."
It noted that staff make children's language development a real priority, the children's behaviour is excellent and the safeguarding arrangements are effective.
Inspectors also found that children with special educational needs or disabilities receive highly skilful and sensitive support.
The report said children experience lots of exciting opportunities to learn about other people and the community around them.
And added: "Leaders and managers are inspiring and always encourage staff to do well and improve their practice.
"Managers and staff constantly reflect on their practice and identify things they can do better."
Centre director Rhonda Rowlatt said: “We are proud of our outstanding grading and delighted that Ofsted recognise the high quality we provide every child in our care, giving all children the best start in life.”
The nursery caters for children up to the age of five and has 90 youngsters on its roll.
To read the Ofsted report in full go to https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/16/EY486942