Cowie Nursery receives first diamond award in Stirling for speech support

Cowie Nursery have become the first in Stirling to receive a diamond award from NHS Forth Valley for its work to help improve language skills among children.

Councillor Danny Gibson joins staff and children from Cowie Nursery to celebrate their Diamond award
Cllr Danny Gibson (back, centre) joins staff and children from Cowie Nursery to celebrate their Diamond Award

The nursery worked alongside speech and language therapists from the regional health board to deliver the Language is Fun Together (LIFT) programme. This has resulted in a significant improvement in how children at Cowie Nursery verbally communicate.

The LIFT programme also enabled staff to improve their own communication skills to promote positive verbal interactions for all children.

Over 100 children up to five years old attend the nursery which was previously awarded a gold certificate for its visual environment to promote speech.

Karen McLaughlin, Head of Cowie Nursery said: “‘Our educators are committed to go above and beyond to ensure that high quality interactions are central to our approach to early learning and childcare.

'A shining example'

“Through taking part in LIFT Stirling we have increased our knowledge and understanding whilst also ensuring positive outcome for children and families. We are delighted to receive the Diamond award for our spoken environment.”

Children and Young People Convener, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “This is a wonderful achievement for Cowie Nursery which has been realised through the hard work and dedication of the staff and leadership team.

“The nursery’s commitment to creating a nurturing environment for children to develop their spoken language skills is a shining example for early learning in Stirling. The Diamond award is a testament to the effort put in by nursery staff and their collaboration with NHS Forth Valley’s speech and language practitioners. Congratulations to all.”