Peterhead nursery praised in inspection

Inspectors have praised the quality of care and support provided to children by staff at a Peterhead nursery.

A review of Peterhead Central School nursery also commended staff for the warm and welcoming environment encountered by children and parents. The Care Inspectorate found the quality of care and support, quality of staffing and the quality of management and leadership as “very good” and the quality of environment was “good.” The unannounced inspection took place on Monday, October 9.

The report said: “Staff skills and experience were evident in the high quality interaction and responsive support; helping children to benefit from their nursery experience. Staff were very focused on what children were doing and extended their interests. Thinking and talking floor books, a method of involving children in their learning, had been used very well to reflect children’s thinking choices, ideas and evaluations.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, Cllr Gillian Owen, said: “I am delighted for the parents, children, teachers and staff at Peterhead Central School nursery following this good inspection. It is particularly pleasing to see that the inspectors noted the modern teaching methods being used. I very much hope this inspection encourages the nursery to continue to go from strength to strength.”

Committee vice chair, Cllr Mark Findlater, said: “Inspections play an important role in highlighting best practice. This review should give parents in Peterhead the confidence to know that this nursery is offering a great standard of service. Great work everyone!”

Peterhead Central School nursery provides day care to a maximum of 30 children aged from two-years-old to those approaching the age where they begin primary school.

There are 152 primary schools, 87 nurseries and 17 secondary schools in Aberdeenshire. At the end of the 2016/17 financial year there were more than 20,000 primary school pupils and over 14,000 secondary school pupils.