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Praise for Craigbank Early Learning & Childcare

Published on:


January 2022

Craigbank ELC has been praised by the Care Inspectorate following a recent unannounced inspection.

The inspection took place in November and the inspection report has now been published. The purpose of the inspection was to evaluate how well children are being supported during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Care Inspectorate evaluated the service based on key areas that are vital to the support and wellbeing of children experiencing care during the pandemic.

Craigbank ELC received Grade 5 ratings (Very Good) for:

•    Quality of care and support
•    Quality of staffing
•    Quality of management and leadership

The centre also received a Grade 4 rating (Good) for the Quality of the environment. 

The inspection report notes strong, nurturing interactions between staff and children. This creates a positive and nurturing environment which supports  children to manage their emotions and build emotional resilience. 

The report also notes that the voice of children and families was apparent.  Children and families were included in agreeing children’s progress and next steps. Children were kept safe with regular child protection training for staff.  Appropriate links with other professionals were in place to support children and families. Staff were  found to be kind, caring and compassionate. A strong focus on relationships was evident within the setting.

Leadership was highlighted as a strength, with the team working together well to support the opening and development of this newly registered service during a pandemic. The development of a confident and competent staff team was seen to be supporting responsive care and support for children. The  ethos and culture in Craigbank ELC has positively contributed to children’s progress, wellbeing and positive outcomes. Staff were motivated and supported and their health and well being was also supported well.  

Education Spokesperson Councillor Graham Lindsay said: "The findings of this Care Inspectorate report are cause for pride in our early learning centres and our dedicated ELC staff who are creating a warm and nurturing environment for our children. This is a fantastic report for one of our newest childcare settings and I’d like to congratulate everybody involved.” 

Download the full report here.