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Much better inspection report for child care facility at Colyumbridge

By Gavin Musgrove

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Michaela McGarvey outside of Rosebuds in February, earlier this year.
Michaela McGarvey outside of Rosebuds in February, earlier this year.

A child care facility in the strath which was heavily criticised by Care Inspectorate has made great strides in addressing the service’s concerns, a new report has revealed.

Rosebuds Daycare, a full-time day care of children service based at Coylumbridge, was given nine requirements to meet earlier this year.

The inspectors have just reported after an unannounced visit on March 25 that most of these had now been met and, where not, that good progress was being made.

Rosebuds manager Michaela McGarvey was stunned by the damning findings when they were published in February and parents rallied to support the facility.

Following the latest inspection, she said: “Rosebuds continues to receive great support from all of our families, Highland Council and as always Coylumbridge Hotel.

“Rosebuds will continue to contest the inaccuracies within the report.”

The gradings in recent years had been good until the report earlier this year.

The new report compiled by two inspectors stated: “During the inspection we found the children to be happy and relaxed in the care of the staff. “

One of the requirements was that all staff and children are registered on arrival at the service and signed out on departure and also include who will collect the children at the end of each session.

The report stated staff and children’s registers were now being completed accurately and routinely checked.

All accidents and incidents are now also being fully recorded and shared with parents and carers in line with another requirement.

Personal plans for children were being put in place. Inspectors had required these to include any circumstances affecting children’s learning and development along with identifying appropriate strategies to meet needs, support progress and help them to achieve their full potential.

The inspectors stated: “We were pleased to see the progress which had been made against this requirement, and recognised the service needed more time to fully implement and embed this.

“As a result, we have agreed an extension to the requirement to give the service more time to meet this fully.”

The new timescale for completion is August 27. Rosebuds had been criticised for the meals it had been providing to children.

The report observed: “The service no longer provides lunches and has reverted to only providing children with snacks. Children take in packed lunches.”

The service has reorganised a room off the main playroom which they were now using as a sleep room to meet another requirement.

The inspectors said: “The room was of a good size and allowed for two cots to be set up for sleeping children.

“There was appropriate ventilation and heating to ensure that children were able to sleep and rest in a safe environment in line with best practice.”

Infection control to combat the potential spread of Covid-19 had also been improved.

Two more part-time staff members had also been taken on albeit on a temporary basis, the report stated, after the lack of staff to help cope with extra duties caused by Covid had been highlighted last time.

The facility defended itself vigorously after February’s damning inspection and got good backing from parents.

The Care Inspectorate has given Rosebuds Daycare the lowest grade of one on a scale up to six for its care and support and for infection control meaning it was deemed ‘unsatisfactory’.

But the furious operator contended the findings were ‘inaccurate and untruthful’ and responded with two formal complaints over the way the report was compiled by the two inspectors.

Rosebuds caters for up to 40 children from babies up to 12, of which a maximum of 15 aged between 0-2 can be cared for at any one time.

* The full latest report can be read here

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