STAFF and youngsters at a Furness nursery were jubilant 20 years ago after being given an excellent report by inspectors.

The Mail, on Tuesday, February 29 in 2000, noted: "Hollingarth Day Nursery, on Abbey Road, Barrow,  has just received copies of its latest Ofsted report.

"The privately-owned nursery opened 10 years ago and provides education for youngsters before they start school.

"The report stated that the provision at the nursery was very good and all the learning outcomes were being addressed with no serious weaknesses being found.

"Inspectors found that planning now produced by staff was excellent, covering all six areas of learning.

"High priority is given to the three significant areas of learning - personal social development, language and literacy and mathematical development.

"It also said a caring, stimulating atmosphere and an exciting environment is being created for the children.

"The children's behaviour is described as excellent and firm ground rules are laid down by staff to ensure the children know what is right and wrong.

"Owner Denise Rowley said the staff and parents are tremendously satisfied with the report."

She said: "It is down to a totally dedicated staff and a lot of organisation. It's a team effort.

"I'd also like to say a big thank you to the parents as they participate with us and work hand-in-hand with the pre-school education for the children.

"All the children are wonderful. The basics of behaviour and manners all build up to a good education.

"This really means a lot to the children that are going on to school in September."

In January 1999 the nursery was at Hartington Street and youngsters were having fun in a new extension at a base which was the old vicarage of St James's Church.

In May 2000 Ulverston paramedics Ken Moore and Louise Pearson paid a visit to the nursery, then in Prospect Road, Barrow to tell the youngsters about the work of ambulance crews.

Also playing a starring role was simulated casualty patient Alison Emery and nursery helper Rebecca Rae.

Some of the children looked after by newly selected England Under-18 rounders captain Nicola Simms were able to celebrate her sporting success in July 1999.