Welsh language nursery comes back from the ashes with glowing report
A Welsh language day nursery that was devastated by destructive fire has received a glowing report from inspectors.
Care Inspectorate Wales found that Y Dyfodol in Cellan, Ceredigion, had no areas where improvements needed to be made, adding that they “highly commend the service.”
The nursey, which provides day care, school pickups, after-school club and holiday care, was opened by Dwynwen Davies nearly 15 years ago, and in October 2017, it was badly damaged by a fire that ripped through the building.
At the time of the fire the nursery had 200 children registered with the nursery at the time, and its closure meant that parents were left with no childcare.
Dwynwen says she feared that it would not be able to open its doors again, but with the the support of the community it was able reopen in May 2018.
She told the Cambrian News that Dyfodol has “come back stronger than ever” and now has a record number of children on the books.
The inspection report said: “People who run the setting have an innovative vision for the future of their business, which they share with parents and carers of children,” inspectors found.
“They consistently review and share their policies and statement of purpose with parents.
“They respond instantly if changes are needed within the service to ensure children’s safety.
“They fully comply with regulations and exceed the National Minimum Standards.”
On how parents felt about the service the report said: “They told us that they are delighted with the care that the nursery provides and that management staff are excellent and very approachable.
“Parents feel that their children have made substantial progress in their development and that they are kept well informed about their children’s development and changes to the nursery’s organisation.”
Inspectors also found that “the environment is very secure and well maintained indoors and outdoors”, while the “premises is warm and inviting and is decorated with the children’s work.”
Inspectors found that staff at the nursery “are proud to be a part of the team” and they are “thanked and feel appreciated for their work by management.
“They feel that their wellbeing is paramount to the people who run the service, which means so much, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“Children are happy, express enthusiasm and enjoy their time” at nursery, inspectors added.
Dwynwen told the Cambrian News:: “Owning a nursery and providing the best possible Welsh childcare provision to the wonderful children of this community has been a lifelong dream.
“I’m very lucky to have such wonderful and hard-working staff who always give 110 per cent.
“We are truly grateful to everyone who supports us, and we are very grateful to those who trust us with their children who we care for like they’re our own.
“We’ve been through some hard times, but if there’s one thing that has become evident throughout is that with hard work and perseverance, y Dyfodol will keep growing from strength to strength to support these wonderful children through their growth and development.”