Cairns ECC celebrates fantastic festive feedback from inspectors

It’s offering: “Sector-leading approaches to offering bespoke support to families within Cairns Early Childhood Centre (ECC), which have a significant impact on the life chances of children.”

That’s the fantastic report from Education Scotland, whose inspection report on the ECC is the best received to date – assessed as ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ across four inspection categories.

It was one of many positive observations made by Her Majesty’s Inspectors who also commented on the strong leadership provided by the Depute Manager

The inspectors also noted the leadership and dedication of all staff in Cairns Early Childhood Centre which results in a nurturing, vibrant, inclusive and happy setting as well as the very good progress in children’s learning within Centre.

In particular, the report highlighted the leadership of the new headteacher who is securing the confidence of staff and also leading a strategic approach to improvement at nearby Hillhead Primary School.

The Inspector’s evaluations of the ECC were:

  • Leadership of change: Excellent
  • Learning, teaching and assessment: Very good
  • Securing children’s progress: Very good
  • Ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion: Very good

Welcoming the positive report, Alan Ward, East Ayrshire Council’s Head of Education said: “Cairns ECC is a most welcoming centre, very much part of the local community and the inspector’s comments are a real pleasure to read.

“Young learners benefit from the positive learning experiences our staff are delivering, helping to give them early confidence and enthusiasm for learning – an excellent platform for the best possible start in life.

“We’re determined to maintain the momentum that has been generated.”

Head Teacher Gillian McDowell added: “I’m absolutely thrilled with this report which is a credit to our children, staff and parents, who all work hard in a supportive and stimulating environment, where everyone is treated as an individual.

“I’m delighted the inspectors recognise how motivated the children are and this really is one of the centre’s strengths.”

Her comments were endorsed by Councillor Fiona Campbell, Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning who added: “This report really is top marks for the young learners and staff at Cairns.

“It paints a superb picture of the approaches to involving parents in their children’s learning and the life of the setting.

“We’ll now work together to really build on this report and continue to do everything we can to make sure all our young people are happy, engaged and get every opportunity to excel and become the best they can possibly be.”

Perhaps the best news of all though was a special surprise festive party for the young learners and staff – complete with a fantastic cake – celebrating the wonderful news.

Who said Santa never comes early?

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