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Aberdeen nursery makes improvements after inspection criticism

Craigton Lodge Nursery School in Peterculter.
Craigton Lodge Nursery School in Peterculter.

An Aberdeen nursery criticised for failing to protect children from neglect has now achieved a positive inspection rating.

In December, a team from the Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland visited Craigton Lodge Nursery School in Peterculter and said it was “weak” in two areas and performing only “adequately” in two others.

While the staff were praised for being “very kind and caring,” it was found that they were not always following the correct procedures to protect youngsters from harm.

This included information not being passed to a child protection officer and youngsters left to sleep in pushchairs, away from the “cosy” main napping area.

Inspectors also noted that storybooks were becoming “worn and tattered”.

However, teams returned to the nursery last month for an unannounced inspection and rated the facility as “good” in all four areas considered.

It noted that staff have introduced new quality assurance procedures, including regular audits of medication and children’s personal plans – with the positive effects already being seen.

The Care Inspectorate report said that the overall facility had received improvements such as upgrades to resources and the sleeping area.

It reads: “The environment for the younger children looked more appealing, provided more choice and resources could be more easily accessed by the children.

“The addition of some loose, natural resources and sensory play had been introduced.

“This supported children’s physical development and curiosity.”

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