A childminder in Ayrshire has been given the green light in a report from the Care Inspectorate.
Girvan-based Nicola’s childcare was rated ‘good’ at all levels following an unannounced inspection.
The service has been managed by Nicola McCutcheon since July 2018 and the recent inspection was the first to be carried out.
Heads of the Inspectorate of Care said it was a “targeted inspection” to assess how well children were being supported during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The report states, “We assessed the service against key areas that are critical to the support and well-being of children in care during the pandemic. “
The children were observed to be “happy and relaxed”, there was “good interaction” between them and the nanny and a parent who provided feedback indicated that he was “very happy” with the service.
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The report continued, “They told us how the nanny communicated with them during the lockdown, which included texting, phone calls, garden tours and emailing her policies and procedures. “
The service was rated ‘good’ in all of the Health Inspectorate’s quality indicators and Ms McCutcheon had policies and procedures’ in place ‘regarding Covid-19 and hygiene and she was’ up to date With current guidelines.
The report continues: “The childminder was caring and attentive to the needs of the children. She provided solace and comfort as needed and the children were happy and relaxed in her care.
“She had stayed in touch with families during the lockdown by using messaging and WhatsApp to keep them up to date on the government’s Covid-19 guidelines and by sharing its revised policies and procedures.
“Changes to her daily practices were communicated to parents making sure they were aware of her drop-off / pick-up procedures and that entry to her home was not permitted.
“Social distancing meetings have also taken place, providing parents with activities their children can enjoy at home. This allowed for a relationship to be nurtured at that time.
“Regular contact allowed the childminder to keep abreast of the children’s new interests and help plan to meet their individual needs.
The report adds: “Children were given the opportunity to regularly play outside in the fresh air to help reduce the risk of the virus spreading. They enjoyed various activities in the garden and in the wider community, exploring the natural environment.
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