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Nursery Ratings

Who inspects and rates the nurseries and when?

Our nursery listings include the Care Inspectorate’s rating and the date of the last inspection. In many cases, the Inspectorate has not been to reinspect the nursery for a few years, so bear in mind a lot could have changed since the inspection, both for better or worse. NOTE: The Care Inspectorate’s ratings should only form part of your assessment process.


Please read our Tools for Choosing a Nursery  which comments on how to see beyond the Inspectorate’s grading system.

The Inspectorate in Scotland looks at four main areas of performance and grades these using a six point scale (6 = the best).


We have displayed the dates (or a single date if the nursery had a full inspection) and grades awarded by the Inspectorate in the ‘Ratings’ column for the following areas of performance in the order shown in the reports.

Note from 1st June 2022 the Inspector introduced a new quality framework to ask these key questions shown in the table below.

The 4 areas inspected are:

Care Inspector Grades

Grade terms are as follows:

Care Inspector Grades

Total Grades

We the 'Nursery Guide' have combined the grades awarded to the nursery by the Inspectorate across the four main areas of performance to provide an overall score and summary using the following terms: 

Care Inspector Grades

To read the latest and full reports see:

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