Six out of six - a perfect report card delights Cottage Centre

Top marks - Pauline (left) and Marilyn with Liam  Purcell (3).
Top marks - Pauline (left) and Marilyn with Liam Purcell (3).

AN organisation which was set up to help vulnerable families in Templehall, Kirkcaldy, has received top marks in a recent inspection.

The Cottage Family Centre’s children’s creche, which operates from premises in Cawdor Crescent, received the highest possible marks following two unannounced visits from the Care Inspectorate in March.

A top mark of six out of six was given in the areas of quality and care of support; quality of environment; quality of staffing; and quality of management and leadership, which were all described as “excellent”.

Announcing the results, Pauline Buchan, the centre’s service manager, who is responsible for the day to day running of the facility, said she, the staff and the management committee were “over the moon.’’

“We were told a few weeks ago that we had got the best score, but until it was published we couldn’t say anything. It’s been torture trying to keep it to ourselves!” she said.

“It is all down to our wonderful staff who are willing to go that extra mile to make sure the kids are given the best possible care.”

As well as running a range of creche facilities for children up to primary school age, the Cottage runs a group called ‘The Cottage Club’ in the early evening where vulnerable children are provided with a hot meal as well as play activities and a wind down session to prepare them for bed.

In the report, the inspector said the creche provided children “with a range of experiences in a supportive and nurturing environment.”

It went on: “The recently appointed chairman, managers and staff impress as committed and enthusiastic and work well together to ensure the needs of the children are met.

‘‘We observed happy, busy children who were having fun.”

Marilyn Livingstone, chairman of the management committee, added: “The board has been working really hard putting a structure in place to support the excellent work the staff are doing, and we will continue to work hard to ensure we continue to offer this excellent level of service.”