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 saw Stirling ranked in first place among the 32 local authorities in the country, alongside East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire.
Outstanding efforts of staff
Convener of Stirling Council’s Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Susan McGill said: “These fantastic figures reflect the in nurseries across Stirling and show our children are receiving the highest standards of care, learning experiences and support.
“We are committed to ensuring Stirling continues to perform highly in early education so our children have the best possible start in life and can achieve their potential.”
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.
To measure performance among early years providers, the LGBF used reports from the Care Inspectorate, the national regulator for care services in Scotland.
In the 2018/19 academic session, they awarded two nurseries in Stirling – Cowie Nursery and Hillview Nursery - the highest grade in all areas of their inspection. Only one per cent of nurseries in Scotland earned this distinction from the 3,518 day-care services assessed by the Care Inspectorate in 2018.
High-quality, safe and nurturing environments
Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Margaret Brisley said: “For Stirling Council to be ranked among the top performing local authorities in Scotland for early years provision is tremendous recognition for our dedicated nursery staff.
“They are creating a high-quality, safe and nurturing environments for children to develop key skills which will help them reach positive destinations.”
Cllr McGill added: “We are thrilled at the success of Stirling Council’s education service, which is down to our professional and hardworking staff, talented and enthusiastic young people and the support of the wider learning communities”
Picture shows staff and children from Wellgreen Nursery in Stirling, along with Councillors. Back (from left) Cllr Margaret Brisley; Kelly Robertson, Hazel Barber and Deborah Laird from Wellgreen Nursery; and Cllr Susan McGill.
Children pictured at the front with the balloons in the pictures are Eva Grantham (4) and Tilldin McDowall (2), who attend Wellgreen Nursery.