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‘Sector-leading’ staff team help Merkinch Family Centre in Inverness get glowing report


By Federica Stefani

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A day care centre for pre-school children in Inverness was highly praised in the latest report by the Care Inspectorate.

Located in Merkinch on Telford Road, the Family Centre was commended for providing children with “extremely high levels of nurturing care and support from a passionate and dedicated staff team” as well as its highly skilled staff and “exceptionally strong working partnerships” with parents.

The level of care, play and learning was rated as “very good” alongside setting and leadership, with inspectors rating the staff team as “excellent”.

Performance in this sector was praised as being “sector-leading with outstandingly high outcomes for children. “

Education committee chair, Cllr John Finlayson said about the report: “The recent unannounced inspection at the Family Centre (ELC), Inverness from the Care Inspectorate received a very positive report, reflecting the professionalism, dedication and commitment of the caring staff at the Centre to create an inclusive, safe and nurturing ethos for all pupils attending.

“The report noted, the strong working partnerships with parents, the highly skilled staff/leadership and the well-equipped play spaces and environment that promote children's natural curiosity and imagination, learning and growth.

“The ELC is at the heart of the Family Centre and staff work collaboratively with other support services available within the Centre to ensure a holistic approach to help assist in supporting the needs of the children and their families. I’d like to commend all the staff at the Family Centre for this excellent and deserving report.”

Other areas highlighted from the inspection were the quality and management of the facilities, stating that parents all provided “very positive feedback about the premises and the range of resources and activities available,” as well as “high quality play, learning and development” taking place throughout the inspection.

The full inspection report is available on the Care Inspectorate’s website.


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