A BARNSLEY nursery has been judged 'outstanding' by government inspectors.

Buddies Children's Centre in Monk Bretton scored top marks in every category by Ofsted.

Sue Duke, manager of the centre in Burton Road, said: "We just have got fantastic staff who work so hard and so well with all the children."

Buddies has 72 children on its roll.

The inspectors said the children thrive and make rapid progress in all areas of their learning and development because all the staff are extremely knowledgeable practitioners.

They added all the staff are committed to making sure each child has their individual needs catered for to enable them to learn new skills, play and have fun.

The children behave 'extremely well' and have an excellent connection with the staff and their peers.

The inspectors concluded: "The children are exceptionally happy and secure and are supported by staff that are highly effective and they know the children well."