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Badenoch school is a ‘great place’, says Care Inspectorate

By Tom Ramage

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A BADENOCH primary school has been rated as a “great place” by a Care Inspectorate report after an inspection in January.

Laggan’s Gergask school was given a 5 rating, Very Good for its quality of care and support and a 4, Good, for its quality of environment.

“We sent care standards questionnaires to parents/carers of children who attended the service,” says the report. “This indicated that the parents/carers were satisfied with the quality of care provided. Comments shared with the inspector at pick-up time added to this understanding and we the carer indicated that the nursery provides a great place to learn and play.”

There had been a reduction in the number of children attending the service since the last inspection but “staff had worked to provide opportunities to use the support available through training and interaction with peers to identify improvements and work with the child and parents/carers to further develop the breadth of experiences available for those attending.

“The service continued to promote its participation policy they had in place which set out how staff valued the views of children and parents/carers in shaping the service provided.”

“Mind Maps were evident and highlighted a level of children’s involvement in planning activities and learning.

“We noted that the early years practitioner and manager are aware how these could be further developed to underline specific children’s involvement and to support reflective observations.

“The staff team recognised that this was an area of ongoing development and they planned to continue to review how the children’s care and learning was supported within the service and at linked visits to a larger local authority nursery.

“Throughout the inspection visit we were aware of the relaxed, nurturing environment. The children present received positive interaction from the staff member who was seen to be working at the child’s level.

“The child was given lots of praise and positive re-enforcement linked to having done well. We observed children engaged in activities with the early level class such as singing action songs which helped develop language, social and motor development, while good quality resources helped promote learning and development. The children were supported by the staff who listened to what they said, discussed ideas and provided appropriate resources to extend their learning and development.

“School pupils have access to local croft land where they can grow vegetables and explore the natural word.”

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