Menstrie Early Learning and Childcare Centre has been highly praised in a newly-published Care Inspectorate Report.
The ELC was visited by an inspection team on Tuesday 6 December 2022.
The inspection team evaluated four key areas as ‘very good’.
The key messages from the unannounced inspection were:
Inspectors noted that interactions between the staff and the children were warm, kind, compassionate, and children were listened to and benefitted from a calm, welcoming environment.
A nurturing rights based approach to delivering personal care meant children were supported with dignity and choice.
It was reported that staff who were described as highly skilled, knew all the children well and had developed relation ships with their families.
Staff were also consistent in their approach in supporting children's play and the layout of the open planned environment enabled children to have space to relax and spend time alone.
The two-year-old children, 'Menstrie Minis,' had a nurturing space, but also had the freedom to play or eat in other areas with siblings or older children if they chose.
Children had free access to the outdoor space with staff recognising the positive impact being outdoors had on children's health and wellbeing.
The report went onto praise the positive work culture, stating that strong leadership in the service supported staff to develop confidence and knowledge in their roles.
Education spokesperson, Councillor Graham Lindsay said: “This is a wonderful report and a real cause for celebration.
“Once again we can demonstrate the high quality early learning and childcare that is provided in Clackmannanshire, helping our children to get the very best start in life.
“Well done to the highly-skilled staff at Menstrie ELC for working so hard for the children there resulting in such a positive report.”