Scottish Charity: SC016050
We are registered with the Care Inspectorate and they are the independent regulator which ensures that we provide a service that meets the expectations of the National Care Standards. All of our staff are registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). To register a worker must satisfy the criteria for registration. This includes holding the appropriate qualifications for the job they do and being able to evidence good character. In addition they must follow the SSSC Codes of Practice. We are inspected by both the Care Inspectorate and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe). These inspections assure the public about the quality of the education provided; promote improvement and successful innovation and contribute to the Scottish Government's measures for improvement in public services.
Being in partnership with Stirling Council means that we are operating a service that is equivalent in quality to a council or private partnership nursery (and assessed as such). However, we are a parent owned and managed community charity and therein lies the difference. The day to day management of the nursery is achieved through a management committee of parents/carers/community members which is elected annually at the summer AGM. In addition to this behind the scenes input, we also have a parent rota where up to three parents (usually two) help out at each session. This allows us to have a high adult to child ratio and enables parents to be actively involved in their child’s education.
Red Kite Community Nursery is:
Many parents enjoy the interaction of the duty rota -
We have a fantastic secure outside garden but we also regularly go for walks, exploring our community. We have impromptu outdoor story sessions and sometimes have snack outside on the grass. Frequent trips are made to the play park, the ponds, and the grounds around the castle. Whatever the weather, gym is held in the large hall at least twice a week to help physical ability and coordination; even the warming up games and exercises are adored by the children! We can enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather because we have waterproof suits, wellies, gloves and hats for all of the children.
A full and detailed curriculum is planned and delivered by our experienced staff. This is always child led and takes into account the needs of individuals as well as providing topics and a framework for the group as a whole. The children gain confidence and a stronger sense of their own identity with their outings within the village. At least once a month the children visit the library for story telling sessions, they also visit the castle, the fire station, Doune primary and the local policeman.
*Red Kite Community Nursery has been a partnership group for over ten years. This means that we must constantly meet very stringent criteria laid down by Stirling Council within the framework of the standards for early years education set out by the Scottish Executive. Some examples of this are that our staff are constantly furthering their own professional development, that we must have in place a 5 year development plan for nursery and that we undertake an annual evaluation by all parents and, where possible, all the children. Another advantage to the parent is that fees can be paid for by your council entitlement, just the same as a place at a council nursery. You can split your provision with a council nursery, for example, attending another partnership nursery for 2 sessions per week and Red Kite for 3, or you can just attend Red Kite part or full time. (It is also possible to pay privately to attend nursery if you use all your paid provision at a private partnership nursery).
The child is at the centre of what we do in the early years. This is a critically important stage in the development and learning of children. Children are naturally curious and eager to find out about the world around them. We must build on their curiosity and enthusiasm to learn when we develop their learning environments, working outwards from their individual interests and needs.
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