The Care Commission launched a new grading scheme in April 2008 – to make it easier for people using and choosing care services to assess the quality provided.
Its inspectors regulate 15,000 care services, including care homes for older people, childminders and nurseries. The new scheme sees each service rated across four key areas.
Each of those areas is marked 1-6, where 1 is unsatisfactory; 2 is weak; 3 is adequate, 4 is good; 5 is very good and 6 is excellent.
After six months the Care Commission published an interim report outlining its initial findings – and Scotland and Sunday has now carred out a detailed interpretation of those figures, looking specifically at the performance of nurseries.
Read the full Scotland on Sunday article by clicking here or following this link http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/scotland/1-in-8–nurseries.5073305.jp.
You can read the Care Commission’s Six Months of Grading report by clicking here.