Bright Beginnings is top of the class

A PETERHEAD nursery has been given a glowing report from the Care Commission following a recent inspection.

Bright Beginnings Nursery in the town’s Merchant Street, which is owned by Wendy Haggath, received five points out of a possible six for its quality of care and support, quality of environment, quality of staffing and quality of management and leadership.

Inspectors found that very good procedures were found to be in place for children and carers to take part in assessing the quality of the care and support, environment, staffing and management of the service.

There were displays of information at the entrance and within each area of the nursery.

Information about children’s routines was clearly shown however it was noted that these were flexible to meet the needs of individual children.

In each area of the nursery staff completed daily diaries giving details of the children’s personal care and activities. These were sent home for carers to read and returned eachday. There was space for carers to give comments and suggestions. Carers spoken with were very pleased with this system and welcomed the information and chance to give their views.

During an observation in the baby room the Care Commission officer found a calm settled atmosphere where children played and rested under the supervision of caring staff. In all areas staff communicated well with children meeting their needs and making play and learning fun.

The report stated that very good procedures were in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of children in the nursery setting. Staff spoken with were aware of the correct methods to follow should they have concerns about a child in their care.

All areas of the nursery were observed to be clean and well maintained. Snacks and lunches were prepared in the kitchen by a member of staff dedicated to this task. There was evidence that all members of staff held Food Handling Certificates.

It was observed that children had been given healthy snacks and lunches including portions of fruit. Cleaning schedules and maintenance records were on display.

There were very good opportunities for energetic physical play outdoors. This area was enclosed, sheltered and spacious. Carers, staff and children gave evidence that children spent a lot of time outdoors. The nursery had received waterproof jackets and trousers for each child from the local authority which enabled them to play out in all weather.

Carers who completed Care Commission Care Standards questionnaires agreed or strongly agreed that the nursery was safe, secure and hygienic and provided a stimulating environment.

All areas of the nursery were well laid out with an appropriate range of activities for theage range of the children attending.

Meanwhile, the nursery has recently been registered as a pre-school centre, providing pre-school places for children aged three to five years. And nursery manager, Jennifer Morgan, has also achieved her SVQ Level 4 in childrens care, planning and development.

Commenting on the report, Jennifer told the Buchanie: “We are absolutely delighted with the Care Commission report. Our staff are exceptional and we all have a close working relationship with the children and their parents.

“We would like to thank the parents for their support since the nursery opened and hope to welcome many new children in the future,” she added.