Cornton Nursery praised for its compassionate childcare

The Care Inspectorate have commended Cornton Nursery for providing children with a high quality of care and support.

A group of adults and children in yellow high vis vests pose for the camera in front of a newly planted tree
The children of Cornton Nursery pictured at a recent tree planting event in the community.

The Stirling nursery received a grading of ‘5’ (Very Good) in each of the four core evaluations of its service - setting, leadership, staff team and care, play and learning.

It followed an unannounced inspection at the nursery – which provides care for up to 66 children aged 0 to primary school - by the National Regulator.

Among the areas highlighted for praise by the Inspectorate at Cornton were:

  • Children experienced respectful, nurturing and compassionate care. 
  • Children developed positive relationships and secure attachments.
  • The staff and leadership team were committed to providing high quality care and support.
  • Self-evaluation and quality assurance was working well.


Sam Smith, Head of Cornton Nursery said: “This report is an endorsement of the hard work, energy, commitment and team spirit of our children, staff and families.

“We are proud that our unrelenting focus on achieving the highest care and educational outcomes for the children we nurture has been so clearly recognised. This can only help increase their life chances.

“Families in our community can be assured of the care, attainment, progress, purpose and direction of Cornton Nursery.”


Convener for Children and Young People, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “This is a great report for Cornton Nursery, which highlighted that children benefitted from a caring staff team who supported them to remain safe, secure and happy.

“The all-round wellbeing and learning of the children also benefits from regular trips within the local community, which helps their sense of belonging.

“The children at Cornton Nursery are confident, curious, creative and happy to lead their own play and learning. Well done to all the children, staff and families for creating such a warm and welcoming environment.”

As part of the evaluation, the inspectorate spoke to several children, families, the manager and staff.

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