The Welsh-language child-care nursery “Cylch Meithrin Bethel” – at Bethel Chapel in Plassey St is “particularly warm and welcoming” according to inspectors of the Welsh care watchdog – the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).
The inspectors called there – unannounced – in March and have published their report on the nursery this month.
“Cylch Meithrin Bethel” is described as a Welsh language, sessional child care provision which care for up to 18 children between the ages of two-and-a-half and 5 years of age and operates from 9.15am to 11.45am.
Following a previous inspection, the nursery has “reviewed and improved criminal records checks via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are in place for all staff members”
The nursery has recently purchased new outdoor play equipment for children equipment and it’s also noted that “plates are provided for children to eat their snack off”
The inspectors recommend that the nursery produces a “more detailed quality of care report” which should “include the views of parents and children”.The CSSIW team found that “the children’s needs were at the centre of the service.They benefitted from a warm and respectful approach and were generally engaged in activities of their choosing along with structured play and learning.”
Children have a “well organised” activities in which they can get involved including “ a toy kitchen, building blocks and a tent tunnel.” There are also structured activities such as games, cookery and singing .
Children who prefer to read a book on their own were joined by a member of staff who read with them m, asked appropriate questions such as “Beth sy’n digwydd nawr `te?” (“What’s happening now then?“) .Staff are also said encourage learning in a relaxed way by talking to the children about colours, shapes and letters, such as “Pwy sy’n gallu ffeindio seren ddisglair ar y wal?” (Who can find a shiny star on the wall?). [PDN Note: The dialogue quoted is in “South Walian Welsh”]
The CSSIW say the children are “Children are active, positively occupied and stimulated. They are able to explore the world around them and extend their learning from indoor to outdoor by utilising the outside space.”
Th nursery also “keeps regular communication with parents via conversations, termly newsletters and a recently developed Facebook page. “
The CSSIW report makes no mention of the findings of the most recent Vale of Glamorgan Council / Food Standards Agency Inspection carried out at the nursery in September 2014 which gave the nursery a food hygiene rating of only 1 (the lowest mark is zero) .