Ofsted inspectors described staff at The Barn Day Nursery, in Thrapston Road, as highly passionate and said that the progress of children was meticulously monitored. The nursery was rated as outstanding in all areas of inspector by Ofsteds Peter Towner. In his report, Mr Towner said: Staff are sensitively deployed and use their expertise and skills to provide the best learning opportunities for all children in their care. This results in children making excellent progress from their starting points. Managers have a strong commitment to maintaining excellence in all areas and recognise the importance of continual evaluation. Mr Towner praised the behaviour and safety of children and also singled out the quality of teaching. He added: Staff employ excellent teaching techniques as they play alongside children. They reinforce childrens understanding of colours, shapes and concepts as they investigate. Staff expertly promote their speech and language development. In order to continue to improve, Mr Towner said managers should continue to focus on ways to develop staff skills.