A couple who opened their own children’s nursery school in Wembley Park have had a good rating from Ofsted in their first ever inspection.

Rinu Shah and husband Sagar started their Canopy Children's Nursery for youngsters from birth to four in the Canada Gardens Building near Wembley Stadium three years ago.

Inspectors from the education watchdog visited on November 21 and the report, published on January 3, said leaders provide "a safe and supportive nursery".

The report covered education, behaviour and attitudes, as well as leadership and management, and all received Ofsted's second-highest 'good' rating.

Inspectors praised children's "excellent" behaviour and leaders' and staff's high expectations, as well as opportunities to build independence such as children laying the table and pouring their own drinks.

"Staff sing to children to settle them into the nursery and when they are preparing for the next part of the daily routine," they wrote.

"Leaders have changed the sleeping arrangements for babies to reflect a home-from-home environment. This helps children to feel safe and secure in the nursery."

Inspectors noted that children in the nursery mainly speak English as an additional language, and leaders have constructed a curriculum that meets their needs.

The report adds: "The nursery uses strategies such as signs and images, books and songs to develop language and build on children's understanding, and children and staff talk about their play, which helps to extend on social skills while building vocabulary."

Leaders and staff include children's home languages in everyday activities, talking with families to learn words they can use in the nursery, inspectors saw.

Staff use signs and gestures alongside words to help children understand and interact with others, and most staff model language and introduce children to new vocabulary.

But the report said some staff do not always tell children what is happening next or when moving children from one area to another, making them appear confused.

It recommended that Canopy should strengthen staff knowledge of how to help children to understand and express their feelings, and help them explain to children what is happening.

“This was our first inspection since opening in 2021,” Rinu said.

“Our nursery provides a natural space both indoors and outdoors for the children in a ‘home from home’ environment.”

The nursery has a team of 33, who all live locally. Canopy says it provides childcare for babies, toddlers and pre-school youngsters with a focus encouraging them to become “curious explorers, confident communicators, independent learners and inquisitive thinkers”.