Smallworld Nursery and Daycare in Brechin was found to have “very effective leadership” during an inspection by Education Scotland.
The nursery received ‘very good’ in three quality indicators - improvements in performance, children’s experiences and meeting learning needs.
The inspection also evaluated the curriculum and improvement through self-evaluation, with the nursery being graded as ‘good’ for both.
The inspection listed some key strengths of the nursery, noting that the children are very motivated, engaged and enjoy their learning experiences. The welcoming, caring ethos within the setting and the very positive relationships which all support children’s learning was also given as a strength, as was the effective collaborative working between staff and partner agencies to effectively meet the needs of the children. The final key strength highlighted by Education Scotland was the very effective leadership of the managers and assistant manager in building leadership qualities in the committed staff.
Inspectors also discussed with nursery staff and the education authority ways to improve the setting. These included developing monitoring and self-evaluation approaches with all staff to help them identify what they do well and what needs to improve; continuing to review and develop the curriculum and provide increased opportunities for early literacy and numeracy; and further development of planning and tracking children’s individual progress in learning.
In a letter sent out to parents and carers following the inspection, HM Inspector Noreen Phillips said: “We are confident that the setting is improving the quality of its work. Staff work very well together.”
The report concluded: “We are satisfied with the overall quality of provision. We are confident that the early learning and childcare (ELC) setting’s self-evaluation processes are leading to improvements. As a result, we will make no further visits in connection with this inspection. As part of the arrangements for reporting to parents on the quality of the ELC, the local authority will inform parents about the setting’s progress.”