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Nairn nursery praised for 'homely ethos'


By Neil MacPhail

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A nursery received a thumbs up from inspectors after moving from the local secondary school to a former bank in Nairn's High Street.

Parents can now deposit their children in the imposing building that once housed the Royal Bank of Scotland, safe in the knowledge that First Steps Nursery received a favourable assessment from the Care Inspectorate.

Quality of care and support, quality of environment and quality of staffing were graded very good, while quality of management and leadership gained a good score.

The private nursery cares for up to 40 children from birth to primary school age.

Inspectors spoke to children, staff and parents, and considered nine completed questionnaires where all the recipients said they strongly agreed they were happy with the quality of care and support their child received.

Inspectors stated: “There was a warm, welcoming and homely ethos.

“We saw confident and happy children who were achieving as they had fun playing and learning.

“We highlighted some missed opportunities to extend and deepen children’s learning and promote independence skills.

“The management and staff are keen to develop monitoring of this and enhance their floor books to ensure children are provided with appropriate challenges and support of learning.

“Staff were cheerful and enjoyed their work, which created a caring and fun ethos for the children.”

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