Care Inspectorate praise care at Doune and Raploch nurseries

Two Stirling Council nurseries have been praised by the Care Inspectorate in a number of service areas.

Staff and children at Doune Nursery
Doune Nursery received a grading of 5 (Very Good) across all areas of service

The national regulator highlighted a number of strengths at Doune and Raploch nurseries including knowledgeable, compassionate staff; partnership working with families; and creative learning opportunities for children.

The unannounced visits took place in October 2023 with inspectors speaking to staff, families and children as part of their report.

Each nursery was evaluated on a scale of 1-6 across four areas of service delivery: staff team and care, setting, leadership, play and learning.

Doune Nursery received a 5 (Very Good) across all four areas of service. Raploch Nursery earned three 5s and a 4 (Good).

'Positive, nurturing and trusting relationships'

Leanne Munnoch, Principal Early Childhood Educator at Doune Nursery said: “We are absolutely delighted with our recent inspection report. We work incredibly hard to support all our children and families, and are thrilled that our commitment has been recognised.

“It’s great to see that our support towards children’s emotional wellbeing and resilience is embedded through positive, nurturing and trusting relationships with our dedicated team.”

Leeann Finch, Head of Raploch Nursery said: “We are pleased to share our report, highlighting the positive ethos within the service, with respect and inclusiveness embedded across practice.

“We are proud to share our commitment to continuous improvement, celebrating successes and achievements with our children and families.”

'Strong relationships with families'

Children and Young People Convener Cllr Margaret Brisley said: “Our early learning and childcare settings in Stirling have high standards which are reflected in the findings of the Care Inspectorate.

“Staff and management at Doune and Raploch Nurseries provide loving and nurturing care to the children that they look after.

“It’s also clear that they’ve developed strong relationships with families and the communities that they serve, offering a high standard of care and a range of opportunities for children to learn, thrive and develop. Everyone involved at these nurseries can be incredibly proud of this feedback from the national regulator.”

Additional aspects of service delivery that were praised at each nursery were:

  • Children had fun as they were actively and meaningfully involved in leading their play and learning (Doune Nursery)
  • Families benefitted from the strong leadership in the service (Raploch Nursery)

Each report can be viewed online via the Care Inspectorate’s website.