A KEIGHLEY nursery celebrating its fifth birthday is in line for a national award.

The Worth Valley Private Day Nursery is a finalist in the Best Staff Development category of the National Nursery Recognition Awards.

Nursery director Elaine Smith said she was proud for the nursery to be shortlisted on the anniversary of opening its doors to the local community.

She said: “We would love all our local people and staff at the Worth Valley Private Day Nursery to be recognised for all the hard work that has gone into our new business.

“Our staff team work hard at ensuring their knowledge is fresh and up to date, to enable them to deliver the best possible care to the children, and we are very pleased their dedication is being recognised.”

The nursery, based at Wesley Place, Ingrow, is owned by Elaine and her daughter-in-law Victoria Smith, and is managed by Sue Maiden.

Graded as “good” in 2014 and 2017 by Ofsted inspectors, the nursery cares for children aged from three months to five years, and up to 12 years at its school holiday Chipmunk Club.

Elaine said: “We want to provide quality care for people children, by employing and supporting quality staff and constantly building our resources.

“We want everyone to feel welcome and included, and do this by providing an environment where children and their carers can feel happy and relaxed.

The National Nursery Recognition Awards sets out to celebrate the best staff and facilities in the UK.

The awards ceremony will feature separate Nursery of the Year awards for the South, North and Midlands.

In addition, there are categories for best independent nursery, nursery group, staff, team leaders, newcomer, indoor and outdoor learning environments, planning, special needs provision, innovation, communication with parents, and food.