Seashells Nursery scores ‘very good’ inspection

Seashells Nursery at Eyemouth provides a very good standard of care and support to children and their families, according to its latest inspection report which was published last week.

Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) inspector Sally Gellatly awarded the nursery a ‘very good’ grading overall, following an unannounced visit to the facility at Eyemouth Community Centre last month.

The inspection found that the manager and staff at Seashells Nursery - which works in partnership with Scottish Borders Council to provide quality pre-school education for children between three and five years - are committed to providing a high quality of care to meet the individual needs of the children.

The nursery was awarded a six - the highest possible grade representing ‘excellent’ - under the Quality of Care and Support category, for ensuring that service users and carers participate in assessing and improving the quality of the care and support provided by the service.

All other areas, including the quality of staffing, were found to be ‘very good’.

By incorporating the Scottish Government’s ‘A Curriculum for Excellence’, Seashells Nursery aims to encourage and support children through play, and the report says that it has very good systems in place to make sure that parents and children are involved in assessing and improving the quality of care and support provided.

Following the inspection on November 16, Ms Gellatly wrote: “The children seemed happy and relaxed in the nursery. It was clear that parents really valued the care and support the staff gave their children.”

This was underlined by parents who completed the nursery questionnaire.

Ms Gellatly continued: “We found that there was a wide range of communication methods in place to make sure staff met the needs of the children.

“It was clear that the staff were committed to working with parents and other professionals to meet the individual needs of the children. Staff gave us very good examples of this, such as working with the speech and language therapist, educational psychologist and the physiotherapist.

“Parents were welcome to come into the nursery at any time. It was clear parents thought very highly of the staff. They said that they felt that the staff worked very well together and that they were conscientious and devoted to looking after the children.”

The report represents the fourth successive ‘Very Good’ inspection Seashells Nursery has achieved.

Seashells Nursery manager Lindsay Lough, who has been in the role since January, said she was delighted with the inspection report. “It’s really quite unique to get a six - they don’t give them out very often so we’re really chuffed that we got it, especially in the area that we did - quality of care and support for the children - because we think that’s the most important area,” she said.

“We’re really pleased with the report and I’m really proud of the staff, the effort and work that they have put in has really paid off.”