Love, nurture and warmth are at the heart of a Clacks early learning centre as it received a glowing report.

Coalsnaughton ELC was visited by the Care Inspectorate at the end of last month and scored “very good” in all applicable categories.

These categories included evaluating setting, leadership, staff and care, play and learning.

Coalsnaughton was given a rating of 5, or very good, in the marking grade, where 1 is unsatisfactory and 6 is excellent.

Staff were praised for their relationships with the children, wherein up to 30 youngsters can be cared for at the ELC.

The report states: “Children benefitted from a highly skilled staff team who worked very well together and had created a welcoming, nurturing and inclusive environment.

“Staff were responsive and caring towards all children. This helped them feel loved, secure and valued.

“They were knowledgeable about children’s health and wellbeing needs, individual stages of development and family preferences.

“This enabled staff to provide continuity of care that met children’s individual needs, wishes and choices.”

Since the last inspection in October 2018, recommendations were made to update information held on minded children at least every six months or sooner if needed.

This recommendation has been met with no further areas of improvement suggested. There have been no complaints upheld since the last inspection.

Nicola Allan, senior early learning childcare educator, at Coalsnaughton ELC, said: “Staff are delighted that the key messages throughout the inspection were of love, care, nurture and strong relationships.

“Our staff are highly motivated and committed in providing a fun, safe and high quality environment for our children.

“We are proud of our children, families and staff.”