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Inverness nursery Les Enfants scores a rating Tres Bien!

By Neil MacPhail

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Very good report on city nursery.
Very good report on city nursery.

AN Inverness children’s day care service has received a glowing report following a visit from the Care Inspectorate assessors.

Les Enfants Nursery (Inshes) looks after a maximum of 77 pre-school age children, and also provides after school care to up to 40 children in Kingsmill’s Scout Hall, Kingsmill’s Road.

The service received very good grades – the second highest rating – for quality of care and support, quality of environment, and quality of staffing.

Quality of management and leadership was judged good stated the report.

Inspectors found that the children were happy and settled and experienced warm, caring and nurturing interactions from staff.

The report said: “We observed the children in all playrooms having lots of fun. Children were engaged in their play and staff made very good use of their questioning and conversations with children to expand their learning.”

Meal times were a positive and relaxed experience in all rooms, said the report, and added: “The management team and staff had been working on improving lunchtimes. This was a relaxing part of the day and we saw the staff sitting with the children and chatting to them to create a positive social experience. This helped the children to feel included and support speech and language development.

“Staff understood their roles and responsibilities to keep children safe and protected from harm. They could confidently tell us how they would respond if they had any child protection concerns.”

The nursery environment was inviting, open and welcoming.

Inspectors saw some nice interactions between staff and children, for example, children putting on a show on the stage in the garden.

The inspectors found that annual appraisals and supervision support meetings contributed to staff feeling valued but suggested these could be further developed “to include effective and supportive feedback with identified actions”.

The report ended: “The management team and staff all worked together to ensure a positive ethos within the service. They had a positive working relationship with the families.

“Parents seemed very happy about the service.”

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