Inspectors’ praise for ‘excellent’ Highway

Kaylyn Fry with Cheryl Duggan in background at Highway Nursery in Eyemouth which has recently past an inspection.
Kaylyn Fry with Cheryl Duggan in background at Highway Nursery in Eyemouth which has recently past an inspection.

when it comes to taking care of youngsters the Highway Day Nursery at Eyemouth is hard to beat - and that’s official.

The latest unannounced inspection carried out at the nursery resulted in them getting the highest score possible (excellent) for the quality of care and support they provide.

Cheryl Duggan in foreground at Highway Nursery in Eyemouth which has recently past an inspection.

Cheryl Duggan in foreground at Highway Nursery in Eyemouth which has recently past an inspection.

In their report on the visit the Care Commission said: “We found that the service provided a secure, warm and caring environment for children and parents in accordance with their statement of aims and objectives.

“The manager and staff were committed to child centred learning and children were encouraged to explore concepts and to be inquisitive.

“The range of resources and activities provided was stimulating, extensive and it supports the curriculum very well.”

The commission made no recommendations other than for them “to maintain the high quality of the service by keeping up to date with new initiatives and good practice guidance”.

Delighted that the report was so positive, Cheryl Duggan, play leader at the nursery, said: “Our report is very positive underlining the commitment we have to child centred learning in encouraging the children’s inquisitiveness and exploration as we see them develop through their play.”

Previous Care Commission reports have been very positive, and as a result this latest inspection was “low intensity” focusing on the quality of care and support. Other areas that can be inspected are quality of the environment, staffing, management and leadership but satisfied that the Highway Day Nursery had shown “consistently high standards of care”, inspectors went for the low level, unannounced inspected when they visited in October last year.

Parents and guardians are as impressed with the nursery as the inspectors were and responses to a Care Commission questionnaire sent out to them indicated that parents felt their children were very happy there, with plenty for them to do and staff were very accommodating and helped the children settle in.

“Highway Day Nursery provided a welcoming and stimulating environment for children to learn through play,” concluded the inspection report.

“A wide range of experiences was provided and planned carefully to meet individual learning needs. Positive relationships had been developed between the manager and staff, and children, parents and carers.

“The views of children and families were clearly important to the manager who regularly consulted them and acted upon their views.

“Parents were supportive of the service describing it as ‘ a great nursery’ with ‘fantastic’ staff.”