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Nursery at Central Primary School in Inverness providing a 'good' service, according to Care Inspectorate report


By Neil MacPhail

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Central Primary School in Inverness.
Central Primary School in Inverness.

An inspection to find out how well children are supported during the coronavirus pandemic has rated Central (English speaking) Nursery in Inverness "good" following an unannounced visit by the Care Inspectorate in June.

The nursery, based in Central Primary, is a full-time service provided by Highland Council for a maximum of 60 children.

Parents and carers were invited to give their views of the nursery by electronic means and the inspection report noted: "We had two email responses. Whilst one was very positive, outlining the support provided over the course of the pandemic, one was less positive and the parent indicated communication from the nursery could have been better.

"The management team have undertaken to review the means for sharing information to ensure as many as possible have access to up-to-date and informative guidance and points of interest."

In evaluating quality, inspectors use a six point scale and Central was given an overall four, or "Good".

Breaking the assessment down into specific areas those for care and support during the pandemic and infection prevention and control practices were both rated good.

Support and safeguarding for children’s health and wellbeing during Covid, and the responsiveness of staffing arrangements to the changing needs of children during Covid, were rated very good.

Inspectors noted room for improvement in the supply of paper towels for children who need them for hand drying.

Overall, however, the report found: "The manager and staff team have worked hard at minimising the impact of lockdown and restrictions.

"They regularly met to discuss children’s needs. We noted the successful use of additional staff to support children requiring individual support.

"As well as increased staffing levels for a specific child, we were able to observe how the staff team made very good use of staffing arrangements to access additional information from linked agencies.

"This helped children returning to the service following lockdown settle back."

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