Springvale Early Years Centre is celebrating after receiving a glowing report from the Care Inspectorate.

The purpose-built Saltcoats facility was graded ‘excellent’ for quality of care and support, and ‘very good’ for quality of staffing during the unannounced visit. Inspectors found that the centre “provided excellent care and support”, with children described as being “safe, secure and confident”.

Staff were found to take account of children’s ideas and interests to offer a wide range of learning experiences, with innovative and creative approaches taken to promote deep and meaningful play in a nurturing environment. The team were also described as “warm, kind and compassionate” and “responsive to children’s individual needs”, with a “very good knowledge and understanding of children’s individual development stages”.

Inspectors also spoke to a number of parents and carers, all of whom said they were happy with the quality of care provided for their child.

One parent described Springvale as “an excellent early years centre with well qualified staff who clearly put children at the centre of their service delivery”.

Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “This an excellent result and the latest in a long line of positive reports that the facility has received from the Care Inspectorate.

“We are extremely proud of the hard work carried out by staff and management at the centre, who are setting a fantastic example to the children in their care. The wonderful comments from parents within the report are very much appreciated and give a real sense of the satisfaction with the service provided at Springvale.”