Published 15 November 2022

Staff and children at Dalreoch Early Learning and Childcare Centre are celebrating after the centre was rated very good in all areas during an unannounced inspection.

Inspectors highlighted the senior leadership team’s clear vision which reflected the aspirations of children and families in the local community meaning staff knew what was important for the setting.

During the inspection the positive relationships with parents was clear with staff recognising the importance of working in partnership with families, and strongly encouraging parents and carers to participate in family engagement sessions including care plan updates and one-to-one meetings.

Children were assessed having fun in well-furnished, comfortable and well maintained areas with access to quiet and calm spaces in playrooms which support their wellbeing.

Inspectors were impressed with the layout of the centre which includes cosy recesses, sofas and wicker tepees to offer the children places to relax, unwind and take time out which supports children's sense of belonging.

In feedback from parents and carers the centre was praised for its communications with children and families.  Comments included  "the nursery have gone above and beyond to engage with my child and encourage speech and interaction” "we have enjoyed stay & play sessions as we got a glimpse of life inside nursery."

Inspectors found the service was well led by the head teacher, depute head teacher and principal teacher of early years with staff saying they felt very supported by the senior leadership team and their ideas and views were listened to and respected.

Councillor Clare Steel, Convener of Educational Services, said: “I am delighted for everyone at Dalreoch ELCC on achieving such a positive report.  Feedback from parents and carers on how they value the centre is a great boost for all the staff.  It’s great to see so many of our ELCCs achieving the highest awards during their inspections, which is testament to our dedicated workforce who are committed to the welfare and education of children under their care.”

Councillor John Millar, Vice Chair of Educational Services, said: “This is a great first inspection for Dalreoch ELCC staff with inspectors highlighting the positive feedback from children and families who are clearly benefiting from the new centre.  Children are clearly well settled and enjoy the internal play areas and equipment.  It is also pleasing to hear children are using equipment within the centre to have fun and broaden their learning. Congratulations to the Head Teacher and all the staff for this positive inspection report.”