The national regulator have given the nursery a grading of ‘5’ (Very Good) in all four core evaluations of its service - staff team and care, setting, leadership, play and learning.
This followed an unannounced inspection at the nursery in September where the Care Inspectorate spoke with children, families, staff and management in addition to monitoring daily life at the facility.
'Passionate and committed staff'
Aspects of the service that were highlighted for praise by the Inspectorate were:
- Well-developed spaces and a wide range of resources enabled children to lead their own learning
- Strong embedded links with the local community were improving outcomes for children and families
- Children’s voice was respected by all staff and was listened to
- A knowledgeable, reflective staff team were flexible in supporting each other to ensure children’s needs were met
Adele Hamilton, Principal Early Childhood Educator at Park Drive Nursery said: “We are delighted with our inspection report. Our passionate and committed staff team place children and families at the heart of all they do. It is lovely to see this captured within the report.
“We are extremely grateful for the strong, meaningful links we have established with families, partners and within the wider community, which are improving outcomes for our children.”
'Wholly deserved praise'
Children and Young People Convener, Cllr Margaret Brisley said: “The praise for Park Drive Nursery is wholly deserved and recognises the work carried out by the staff and management team to ensuring the care, learning and development needs of children are met.
“It’s clear that the relationship between the nursery and the local community is strong and that parents are empowered to give insight on the bespoke needs of their children.
“Furthermore efforts to ensure that children are given the space to learn and play independently and have their voices listened to reflects incredibly well on the nursery.”
Park Drive Nursery can provide care for up to 23 children aged 0 – 3 years and up to 64 children from those aged three and above who are not yet attending primary school.
The report can be viewed online via the Care Inspectorate’s website.