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Inspectors deliver 'report card' on Muirtown Nursery in Inverness

By Neil MacPhail

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INSPECTORS were well satisfied after visiting Muirtown Primary School Nursery in Inverness and delivered a “very good” rating.

The service attached to the main primary school provides care to a maximum of 54 pre-school children aged over three.

The assessed categories, quality of care and support, and quality of management and leadership, were both graded very good.

The Care Inspectorate report said: “The staff provided a very good service to promote positive outcomes for all children and had a lot of knowledge and understanding of the individual care needs of each of the children.

“Staff were kind, caring and very nurturing in their approach. They knew the children very well and told us about individual strategies used to support children to feel safe and secure.

“The recording of children’s progress and development captured significant events of each child’s development. This information supported and guided staff to take appropriate action when required and contributed to keeping children safe and well.”

Children enjoyed eating together in an unhurried and relaxed atmosphere, said inspectors.

The report added: “We were satisfied that the service had appropriate infection control procedures in place to support a safe environment for children and staff. Staff could confidently tell us how they would respond if they had any child protection concerns.”

All staff told positively of the support they received from management in
both their personal and professional

Staff inductions were undertaken to support new staff to settle into their role and become part of the team.

“Positive working relationships had also been established with other agencies,” said the report. “This ensured the service had information on how to support children with additional support needs.

“Parents seemed very happy about the service and commented that ‘the nursery staff always take the opportunity at collection or drop-off to communicate with me with daily updates about my child’s day’.

“Medication records were checked and all staff had an understanding regarding the management and administration of medication.

“However, we asked the service to ensure there is an audit form in place and is checked frequently to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children in their care.

“The management team have agreed to address this.

“The service could consider further developing the resources available to children to enhance their play and promote creativity and curiosity.”

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