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Education / Island nurseries receive positive reports

Fetlar Primary School was mothballed in 2022. Photo © Ken Craig (cc-by-sa/2.0)

TWO island nurseries have received positive reports from inspectors.

Inspection reports from the Care Inspectorate have come in for the nurseries at Baltasound Junior High School and Fetlar Primary School.

The reports will be presented to Shetland Islands Council’s education and families committee on Monday.

Baltasound was assessed as ‘very good’ in quality of care and support and ‘good’ in quality of environment.

Following a visit on 26 February, inspectors said there was a warm and happy atmosphere and caring and friendly staff, while there was a range of stimulating and interesting learning opportunities.

It was noted that the outside area was in need of more development, while staff were reminded of the need to have a rest area and a cosy area for relaxation when the expanded free early learning and childcare hours kick in.

The Fetlar school nursery, meanwhile, was assessed as ‘very good’ in the two categories.

Its environment and staff were also praised after an inspection in March, while healthy lifestyles were promoted including outdoor play, exercise and healthy eating. There was also good use of outdoor space, with facilities like a mud kitchen available to children.

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