Gold star for Tynecastle Nursery School

One of the City of Edinburgh Council’s oldest nurseries has received a glowing report from Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate.

Tynecastle Nursery School, which was established in 1929, received six ‘Excellent’ and three ‘Very Good’ gradings in the report published today (Tuesday 15 September).

Inspectors described the nursery as ‘an exceptional environment for children to play, grow and learn’ where the ‘child is clearly at the heart of the setting’ in a ‘relaxed, calm and purposeful oasis within the city’.  

The report just comes weeks after the Council was singled out for praise in an independent workforce review commissioned by the Scottish Government on early learning.

Professor Iram Siraj identified the approaches used by the Council as an example of best practice, saying: ‘The City of Edinburgh Council is one example of the best early learning focuses within Scotland. This is based on the professional development they provide for early years staff, much of which follows the Froebel model. 

‘This model is child-centred with a play-based pedagogy, and is underpinned by a knowledge and understanding of child development which supports assessment, evaluation and planning’.

The plaudits for the Council’s early learning comes as three state of the art new nurseries at Wardie, Fox Covert and Duddingston Primary Schools, opened their doors last month - part of an £4m investment plan in early years provision in the Capital.

As part of the plans Tynecastle Nursery will be replaced with a new building and the 40:40 capacity increased to cater for 15 two-year-olds to meet the additional demand in the area. 

Councillor Cathy Fullerton, Vice Convener for Education, Children and Families, said: “This excellent inspection report for Tynecastle Nursery School reinforces the approach we have taken in the Capital to provide children with the right tools to succeed in as they grow up. 

“We put children and their learning at the heart of everything we do. To receive this positive report so soon after national recognition for our early years approach is very encouraging.

“The learning provided in our nurseries, and the commitment to invest £4m in new nurseries, shows that the City of Edinburgh Council is determined to provide children with the best possible start in life.”  

Stella Brown, Tynecastle Nursery School Head Teacher said: “I’m delighted the nursery has received high praise from the inspectors. The commitment and hard work of the staff along with parent confidence in our collaborative work has been recognised. We are very proud of our children and the important place of the nursery in the Gorgie Dalry community.”

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