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Latest Care Inspectorate report for St John’s Academy Nursery

Our Nursery was visited by the Care Inspectorate on 6th December 2018.  The Inspection Report has now been published and highlights a number of areas of very good practice.

The inspectors noted that there is a welcoming ethos in our nursery, with a sense of family and community.  They saw warm, nurturing and kind relationships, with children encouraged to make choices and invited to join in with activities.  They saw that our children are very engaged in their learning, and our free flow approach to outdoor play enabled our children to be creative, solve problems and play together.  The inspectors also commended the many opportunities the children have to engage with the local and wider community.  They evaluated the management of the nursery as very good and that staff were well supported.  They noted that staff were highly reflective practitioners and had opportunities to lead within the nursery.  The inspectors also noted the active role parents play within our nursery and said that there were very good opportunities for parents and carers to feedback to the nursery.  The inspectors also gave us advice on what we should do next, and advised us on a number of issues, including recommending that we look again about how we manage our lunchtime provision.

Seán Hagney, Headteacher, welcomed the report, saying:

“The latest nursery inspection report provides our parents and carers with a comprehensive evaluation of our nursery provision at St John’s Academy.  The report highlights the very good practice within our nursery and we are grateful to the Care Inspectorate for their input.  We will use this report to continue to improve and set priorities for the coming months and years.  We are already addressing the recommendation around our lunchtime provision.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in the inspection process, including our nursery staff, parents/carers and the children themselves.  I am also grateful for the excellent support we receive from Perth and Kinross Education and Children’s Services who enable us to provide a learning environment which engages and challenges our young learners”.

The report is available to view online at or can be downloaded here

Our previous report from 2016, with the Care Inspectorate’s evaluations on the Quality of the Environment and the Quality of Staffing remaining valid, is also available to view online at or can be downloaded here.