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Tomatin nursery receives glowing report from inspectors


By Alasdair Fraser

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Strathdearn Primary. Picture: Gary Anthony.
Strathdearn Primary. Picture: Gary Anthony.

A Tomatin nursery has been praised for high standards in day care in a report by the Care Inspectorate.

Inspectors found the children at Strathdearn Primary’s 24-child nursery class, aged from three to just below primary school age, benefited from a friendly and inclusive atmosphere in a large playroom and kitchen area within the main school building.

The service was graded as very good for quality of care and support, management and leadership.

It also demonstrated a clear understanding and application of the Scottish Government’s eight criteria outlined in the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) national approach.

These set out to ensure every youngster is safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included.

The report stated: “We use these indicators at inspection to assess how services are making a positive difference for children.

“There were 10 children present on the day of the inspection. The children were observed as being very happy and relaxed in the care of the staff.

“There was a very good rapport between the children and staff which allowed for natural and open communication.

“Being outdoors and playing with the various loose parts and open-ended resources were particularly popular.

“We observed all the children having lots of fun playing outdoors.”

Five parents and carers surveyed by questionnaire were all “extremely happy” about the standard of care provided by the service, as well as friendliness and approachability of the staff.

It added: “The service should continue to build on their current very good practice.

“As part of the inspection, we looked at the personal plans in place for the children attending.

“Some of the personal plans were not fully completed.

“We reminded the manager and the staff of the importance of regularly reviewing and, where appropriate, updating personal plans and to include parents and carers in this process.”

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