Our nursery was started in 1991 to provide a small friendly reliable service on which the parents who entrusted us to care for their children could depend. We believe over the two decades plus that have elapsed since then we have more than lived up to this ambition. It is very gratifying for us that when on occasion we meet up with parents of those little children we have had the pleasure to have had in our care during their pre-school lives how many good things they credit to the positive start their children enjoyed at Summerside Kindergarten.
Much of our success is due to us being able to create an ethos and environment that is not only beneficial to our pupils but has contributed to us enjoying almost unequaled in the care sector staff retention. Many of our staff have joined us straight from school and have been trained by our own experienced senior staff ensuring that every member of staff meets Summerside Kindergarten’s exacting standards at every stage of their career. In addition our staff have gone on to achieve excellence in external professional examination and scrutiny. All our staff are required to undertake continuous career development and study to achieve appropriate qualifications not only in childcare but in many and various complimentary subjects that make our nursery the very best it can be.
Summerside Kindergarten staff work tirelessly to maintain and improve standards in the pre-school education we provide and wholly embrace the requirements of the Curriculum for Excellence and totally subscribe to GIRFEC (Getting it right for every child) and first time every time. Staff also have skills in Additional Support for Learning and the physical support and different communications’ needs some children may require.
We are a strong well-led team of professionals in pre-school care and education but most importantly we really care for our children and show this on a continuous basis throughout every minute of every day. Whether that minute be on a local outing to the shops or library or on a working party to our allotment where our resident horticulturalist spends a great deal of her time down on her knees eye to eye with her small charges showing and involving them in a little bit of the natural world that may well remain with them through into adulthood.
None of what we achieve for the children would be as successful as it is if it wasn't for the wonderful support and involvement we are delighted to have from the parents and a few grandparents. Parents suggest much of what we go on to adopt as policy or improvement to our service and they often do this through our annual Service User Satisfaction Questionnaire (SUSQ) in which they score many elements of our service. The analysis of the SUSQ returns indicates the high level of satisfaction we achieve and ensures we are never complacent and our need to keep on striving for continuing excellence in childcare.
Availability of our SQIP
We welcome parent interest in our planning and we are delighted to make available our Standards Quality Improvement Plan for your perusal, comment and input.
Much of the content of our SQIP is influenced by the comment and feedback contained in our annual Service User Satisfaction Questionnaire, other parent forums and of course the daily conversations at drop-off and collection time.