TWO nursery schools were given top marks by education inspectors in 2009.

Staff at Abbey Nursery, in Houston, were delighted they passed their first inspection under the new Care Commission grading system.

The West Johnstone Family Centre also received ‘very good’ reports by the HM Inspectorate for its services for young children.

Abbey Nursery manager Beth Morris said at the time: “Only one in ten day care nurseries have achieved overall 5/6 grading and we are delighted with the results.

“Congratulations are due to everyone involved, including staff, carers, parents and the children themselves.

“Parents who returned questionnaires to the Commission described the staff as excellent and stressed how impressed they were with the service.

“The inspectors were impressed with the secure outdoor playground and the wide range of creative resources available for the children.”

The South Street nursery, which had 112 children and a staff of 19 back then, had been operating for 10 years.

The inspectors said the quality of care and support, environment, staffing, management and leadership were all ‘very good.’

A report on West Johnstone Family Centre, in Craigview Avenue, stated there were ‘positive relationships’ between staff and children.

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