Tree-mendous marks to nursery

Head of centre Aileen Ramsay and depute Catherine Kerr celebrate a glowing HMIe report with some of the children attending Lime Tree nursery.
Head of centre Aileen Ramsay and depute Catherine Kerr celebrate a glowing HMIe report with some of the children attending Lime Tree nursery.

STAFF and children at Lime Tree day nursery were delighted this week after receiving news of a gold star HMIe report.

The southside facility — opened three years ago with the merge of Holmlea and Merrylee nurseries — received a glowing recommendation following an inspection in late November.

Inspectors noted that the children were motivated and enthusiastic, and progressing well in all areas of learning and development.

The staff were also praised for their teamwork and positive partnerships with parents and the wider community.

Head of centre Aileen Ramsay told The Extra: “We’re very pleased with the report — it was a real team effort, as the support from parents has been outstanding and the children at Lime Tree nursery are lovely.

“It’s a close-knit nursery community, which has taken us a while to build up — but it has been worth the hard work”.

Acting depute head Catherine Kerr added: “The parents are very happy as it’s not just a reflection on our roles but on them and their children as well.

“They can take great pride in reading what the inspection says about their children, and their own input — it’s a huge pat on the back for them”.

Inspectors concluded that they were satisfied with the overall provision at Lime Tree nursery, and suggested that staff continue to develop tracking systems for the Curriculum for Excellence programme and build on self-evaluation.

Bailie Jean McFadden, executive member for education, commented: “I’m delighted with this very positive report for Lime Tree nursery.

“Inspectors found the children who attend the centre to be happy, creative and confident and staff to be kind and caring.

“Well done to everyone involved in the inspection”.