Donaldson’s come out top of the class

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The nursery at Donaldson’s School in Linlithgow has been given a gold star from the Care Inspectorate.

Staff were delighted this week after the unannounced inspection gained the nursery an “excellent” quality grading for dedicated care, first class facilities and family involvement.

Principal Janice MacNeill said: “Our nursery is an important part of our service and one which welcomes all children, whatever their needs. We provide a bi-lingual environment which encourages the use of signing, enabling our young people to integrate with one another, and enhance communication between the children and their parents and carers. To be recognised as an exemplar by the Care Inspectorate is something of which we can all be proud, and which gives parents confidence that their children are getting the best possible start in life.”

The nursery caters for up to 40 children, with a mix of mainstream, deaf children and those referred with additional needs. Parents approached for the inspection gave glowing feedback on their involvement with the early education programme, which includes written feedback from staff, photographic diaries of children’s activities, and sharing of information so that what is taught is supported at home.

All aspects of the service scored five or six, the two highest gradings available, also including the quality of the environment, staffing, management and leadership.