A Linlithgow nursery has gone to the top of the class in its latest inspection by the national Care Inspectorate.
Over the years, First Adventures has always been judged as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ in the four categories examined but this was the first time it had achieved top marks with six out of six scores across the board, believed to be the highest grading of any private or local authority nursery in the region.
“We are absolutely delighted,” said head of centre and owner Linda Carr.
“To receive four ‘excellent’ grades is a reflection and acknowledgement of the commitment and dedication we have.
“We continually strive to give our children and their families our best.
“I think the grades mirror our belief that at First Adventures we really are experts in childcare and early learning.”
Linda paid tribute to her staff, saying the marks were recognition of the hard work they do.
With 33 mostly full-time staff, First Adventures is one of Linlithgow’s biggest employers.
It was a previous role in charge of an infant department at in an inner city school in Glasgow that made Linda realise she wanted to open her own early years nursery.
Moving to Linlithgow provided the opportunity and First Adventures opened in 1997 at 53 High Street. It now has two sections, Turret Towers and Teddy Bear House.
“We continued to expand over the years to the point about 12 years ago when we reached our present size,” Linda said. “We now provide care and early learning for about 75 children, from as young as six months to pre-school age, most days of the week.”
She said the nursery had always sought out new ideas and ways of doing things, researching for innovative practice both in the UK and further afield.
Linda also places great emphasis on training and developing her staff.
The Care Inspectorate gives gradings on the quality in four categories – care and support, environment, staffing, and management and leadership.
An example of the feedback given in the report from the inspection in March included: “Children had daily access to an extremely creative outdoor learning space where they could connect with the natural world, experience life and growth and use their creativity and imagination.”