A good quality pre-school experience builds on the valuable learning that takes place in and around the home, prepares a child to start primary school and develops the learning and other essential skills which they will rely on in later life.
There is clear evidence that high quality pre-school education can make a difference to a young person’s future opportunities.
Services registered in accordance with the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 are inspected by the Care Inspectorate. Nurseries/centres are also included in a joint inspection programme undertaken by the Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland.
A report is published after each inspection which highlights good practice and identifies areas for improvement.
You can ask to see a copy of the report when you visit a nursery/centre or you can access it on Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland or the HMIE website.
All nurseries/centres and partner providers of pre-school education use the self-evaluation document Child at the Centre and the national care standards for early education and childcare to promote continuous improvement.
Pre-school education in East Ayrshire is provided directly by the local authority in early childhood centres and partner centres.