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Delight at 'extremely positive' report for Strathspey nursery

By Tom Ramage

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A STRATHSPEY nursery is celebrating an “extremely positive” inspection report.

“We were delighted with the care commission report,” said Carrbridge Primary School head teacher Clare Lake, on Tuesday.

“The staff have worked very hard with parents and school to provide a happy, secure and exciting nursery experience for all nursery children.

“We spend a lot of time outdoors and were particularly pleased that the inspector recognised the work we are doing to encourage outdoor play and to a healthy lifestyle.”

The Care Inspectorate is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all children receiving a care service and carries out inspections to “ensure they have the best start in life, are ready to succeed and live longer, healthier lives”.

There are eight wellbeing indicators at the heart of Getting it right for every child: safe; healthy; achieving; nurtured; active; respected; responsible; and included. The indicators assess how services are making a positive difference for children.

Carrbridge Primary School Nursery is registered for a maximum of 24 children per session, aged from three years to those not yet attending primary school.

The service operates Monday to Friday from a large room adjoining the school building; a secure outdoor play area can be accessed directly from the playroom. Nursery children also have use of the playing field and gym and join in with the school assembly on a regular basis.

The report confirmed: “People told us the children were observed as being very happy and relaxed in the care of the staff.

“There was a very good rapport between the children and staff which allowed for natural and open communication. The children enthusiastically told us all about the different things they enjoyed doing at nursery.

“Being outdoors was a particular favourite with all the children, especially break time when they routinely went out into the main playground with the whole school.

“During the inspection we spoke with five parents, and three parents and carers gave us feedback through our questionnaires.

“They were all extremely positive in their comments about the quality of the service provided.”

Comments included: “The children are out every day”, ‘They get covered in mud which is great!”, “We are very satisfied with the level of care provided,” “A very helpful friendly team. Our child really enjoys going,” “Hats off to the staff”.

The inspectors graded the nursery accordingly: quality of care and support 5 – very good; quality of environment 5 – very good.

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