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Thrumster nursery gets top marks from Care Inspectorate

By Gordon Calder

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THE Thrumster primary school nursery has received top marks following an unannounced inspection from the Care Inspectorate.

It rated the quality of care and support and the quality of environment as very good and said the feedback from parents about the service was "extremely positive."

The nursery is located within the school and caters for a maximum of 20 children and operates during term time only.

The report stated: "As part of the inspection process, parents and carers were invited to share share their feedback. All the parents and carers we spoke with provided extremely positive feedback about the service and the standard of care their children received. They all highlighted how much their children loved attending and how much they have benefited from the experiences offered to them.

Care Inspectorate Logo.
Care Inspectorate Logo.

"During the inspection we evaluated two quality themes, care and support and environment. We found major strengths in supporting positive outcomes for children, with very few areas for improvement. Both care and support and environment have been evaluated as very good.

"Children experienced warm, caring and nurturing approaches to their personal care and learning needs. This contributed to children feeling safe and secure. Children had developed strong, positive relationships with staff members.

"The service had very good links with outside agencies and worked effectively with them to provide responsive care and support to children. Children's health and wellbeing was very well supported by staff who consistently used identified strategies based on children's individual needs. This supported children to be included and contribute fully to nursery life. Play opportunities supported children's curiosity, enquiry, and creativity."

However, it added: "There were missed opportunities for children to be independent and develop skills during the lunchtime experience. We discussed with the manager how this could be extended.

"The service should also continue to embed the use of natural play resources and multi-sensory play experiences within the indoor environment. The service should implement their plans to further enhance supervision of children playing outdoors."

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