Five Stirling nurseries have earned praise following unannounced inspections from Scotland’s national regulator.
Bannockburn PS Nursery

The Care Inspectorate awarded Arnprior Nursery, East Plean PS Nursery, Riverside PS Nursery and Bannockburn PS Nursery a grading of five (very good) for the two areas they were assessed in, while Braehead PS Nursery received two ratings of four (good).

High quality care and wide-ranging learning experiences

Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Susan McGill said: “Congratulations to all the dedicated staff at these five nurseries for achieving such positive reports from the Care Inspectorate.

“This is further evidence that children in Stirling are receiving high quality care and wide-ranging learning experiences which is giving them the best opportunity to fulfil their potential.”

All nurseries were assessed for their quality of care and support, with Arnprior, Bannockburn and Braehead also evaluated for their quality of their management and leadership. East Plean’s quality of staffing and Riverside’s quality of environment were also examined by inspectors.

Hardworking and motivated nursery staff

Vice Convener of the Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Margaret Brisley said: “These inspection reports show our hardworking and motivated nursery staff are creating safe and rich learning environments which is helping children develop key skills.

“Everyone involved at the nurseries should be extremely proud of these achievements. A huge well done to all.”

It comes after Stirling Council’s early learning and childcare service was rated as the joint best in Scotland in a recent report.

Data from the Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF)* showed that 100 per cent of Stirling’s early years providers, which includes nurseries and childminders, were graded good or better by inspectors in 2017/18.

That impressive statistic is almost nine per cent above the Scottish average and ranks Stirling in first place among the 32 local authorities in the country, alongside East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire.

To measure performance among early years providers, the LGBF used reports from the Care Inspectorate, the national regulator for care services in Scotland. Published reports are available to view on the Care Inspectorate website

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* The LGBF, which was published earlier this year, reports on how much councils spend on particular services, their performance and the satisfaction of users. It supports evidence-based comparisons between similar councils so that they can work and learn together to improve their services.

Pictures are from Bannockburn PS Nursery, Arnprior Nursery and East Plean PS Nursery.

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