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Five isles nurseries given thumbs up by inspectors

| Written by Chris Cope

FIVE nurseries across Shetland have been given a clean bill of health by inspectors.

Nurseries at Aith Junior High School, Bells Brae Primary School, Foula Primary School, Sound Primary School and Brae High School were inspected during unannounced visits between January and March.

They were all given 'very good' grades in the areas they were assessed on.

The reports will be noted at Monday's (16 April) meeting of Shetland Islands Council's education and families committee.

Aith Junior High School was praised for having "happy, secure and settled" children with staff helpful and knowledge about the youngsters.

Bell's Brae Primary School Nursery was noted for its "warm and caring atmosphere", while children with additional support needs were "very well cared for".

At Foula Primary School Nursery there was praise for staff's positive relationships with parents and their awareness of children's needs.

Inspectors said children at Sound Primary School were busy, happy and well cared for, while staff were sympathetic and worked hard to ensure children's safety.

Brae High School Nursery was praised for its "friendly, happy atmosphere" and staff were noted for promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging children to be independent.

It was given three recommendations from inspectors, which have all been acted upon.

They included giving attention to children's care plans and ensuring the outside door into the play area was made safe.

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