Gold stars for Bearsden’s Castlehill Nursery

CASTLEHILL Primary School Nursery has been given a glowing report by the Care Inspectorate.

The Bearsden nursery was graded in four areas and received the highest excellent mark (six) in the Quality of Care and Support it offered to youngsters.

In the three other areas: Quality of Environment, Quality of Staffing and Quality of Management and Leadership the nursery was awarded a Very Good grade five.

The unannounced inspection took place in on January 25 this year. The last inspection was in November 2010.

Inspector Karen Bradley said in her report that staff consulted with the children about their development and learning and considered their views and comments when planning activities.

She added: “Management and staff had established very good leadership and team work. They had established positive relationships and working partnerships with parents which meant that they could easily identify and address the needs of children.”

Good communication with parents was singled out as a particularly strong point at the nursery and the notice board was very informative.

Suzanne Kenney, headteacher of the primary school, said: “The quality of the care and support was graded as excellent and the quality of the environment were all graded very good. This just goes to prove the hard work has all been recognised.”

The inspection also showed clear evidence of consultation about children’s learning.

In the recommendation for what could be done better the report concluded: “The service should continue the very good partnership with parents to ensure that they continue to participate in opportunities for assessing and improving the quality of service.”

Since the last inspection it was noted that the consultation processes and homelinks have been further developed. This has meant that parents and children are more involved in planning for learning and development.

The report also commented on a new quiet area the nursery has set up to encourage children to consider and share their feelings and the fact there is a strong focus on outdoor learning.