Childcare company celebrates with top grades from inspectors

The quality of care and support and quality of environment at Polly Wolly Doodle Childcare were awarded 'excellent' grades by the Care Inspectorate.
The quality of care and support and quality of environment at Polly Wolly Doodle Childcare were awarded 'excellent' grades by the Care Inspectorate.

Polly Wolly Doodle Childcare in Duns is celeberating after achieving top grades from the Care Inspectorate.

The hard work and determination of Polly Wolly Doodle’s owner Paula Preston has paid off with two grades of six (excellent) and two of five (very good).

Paula is a previous winner of the Scottish Childminder of the Year (2012) awarded by the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) and has been involved in the childcare industry for the past 19 years, working as a childminder for the past 14.

Although her national accolade back in 2012 was huge recognition for the hard work she has put into Polly Wolly Doodle Childcare, Paula feels her new Care Inspectorate grades are an even greater achievement.

Results showed that Polly Wolly Doodle Childcare was performing to an excellent standard. They identified that children experienced a very nurturing and caring environment where they were continually supported to develop and reach their full potential.

The report also showed that the childminder and assistants demonstrated a strong understanding of each child’s individual personalities and specific care needs and it was evident the children had developed a strong relationships with the childminder, assistants and each other.

Polly Wolly Doodle achieved the following grades: Quality of care and support - six (Excellent); Quality of environment - six (Excellent); Quality of staffing - five (Very Good); Quality of management and leadership - five (Very Good).

A delighted Paula said: “For a childcare provider of our size to be awarded scores of six is virtually unheard of so I couldn’t be happier to have achieved the scores we have and we will definitely be having a little party for the kids to celebrate!

“Obviously becoming a childminder isn’t something you can do overnight. You’re subject to checks, you’ve got to have the right insurance, qualifications and First Aid capabilities. But it’s all worth it. I love doing what I do and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the girls who work for me as one of the main reasons we have achieved these results is down to the amazing support I get daily from Michelle and Kirsten. We work together so well and are a great team and I know they are just a pleased as I am that all our hard work has paid off and is reflected in these results.”

Pollly Wolly Doodle Childcare, based in Castle Street, Duns, currently have children between the ages of 0-5 years and at the moment have 24 children registered in their care.

The parents who use 
Polly Wolly Doodle are also delighted with how Paula looks 
after their youngsters.

One parent said: “I am extremely happy with the care my child receives and the great progress he has made whilst in Paula’s care. Paula and the girls provide a wide range of activities from walks to feed the ducks, painting and cooking. The fact that Paula provides healthy meals and snacks that the children sit down to eat together sets her apart from 
other childminders.”

Raquel Lloyd-Jones, SCMA’s childminding development officer for the Borders, added: “Paula and her staff are a great example of the important role childminders play in our communities – supporting parents and providing the children with a fantastic environment in which to play, learn and socialise - from babyhood right through primary school.

“Paula ensures they all go the extra mile to meet the needs of the families they work with and I am delighted to see that Polly Wolly 
Doodle has been recognised for the high standards of care on offer, it’s a wonderful achievement.”

But Paula is not one for resting on her laurels and added: “I have already put plans in place to turn our other two grades of five into sixes!”