Inspection Reports

Who we are inspected by…

The Care Inspectorate - The Care Inspectorate are the governing body employed by the Scottish Government to inspect all care services, including all child care providers.

Aberdeen City Council - We are quality assured on a regular basis by Aberdeen City Council. Quality Assurance is a VERY high priority for us. We have a very full and comprehensive quality assurance calendar in place, which ensures that we are always improving. Our utmost aim is to ensure that we provide ONLY the highest quality learning and care for ALL of our Wellies families.

Environmental Health - During an inspection, officers check that food businesses operate effective food safety management procedures. Officers check how hygienically the food is handled and what measures are taken to ensure the food served is safe.

Education Scotland - Education Scotland is a Scottish Government executive agency responsible for supporting quality and improvement in Scottish Education.

Quality Assurance officer from Aberdeen City Council

Back in June, KingsWellies Nursery had a quality assurance visit by our Quality Assurance officer from Aberdeen City Council. Please follow this link to view the report..

Aberdeen City Council Early Years Team 

We are quality assured on a regular basis by Aberdeen City Council. The most recent inspection happened on 10/12/22 and was carried out by our Locality Lead Officer, Alison Stewart. This was a very in-depth inspection which was lead by Laura and Caroline. Alison spent the day in nursery and looked at all aspects of our provision.

We are delighted with the report and are particularly pleased that no further support/ action has been identified. Alison will continue to monitor us on a regular basis as part of our contractual agreement with ACC. We will continue to share this feedback with you.

Quality Assurance is a VERY high priority for us. We have a very full and comprehensive quality assurance calendar in place, which ensures that we are always improving. We also have regular (unannounced) visits from ACC, Care Inspectorate, Education Scotland and Environmental Health to ensure that we are fulfilling ALL national and local requirements. Our utmost aim is to ensure that we provide ONLY the highest quality learning and care for ALL of our Wellies families.

Very well done once again, to the Wellies Gang who continue to work extremely hard to produce only the best results. 

Environmental Health Scotland

Please find below our Food Law Summary following the food law inspection of KingsWellies Nursery, held on January 23rd 2023. A massive well done to all the KingsWellies team, especially Liga who works extremely hard in the main kitchen.

Care Inspectorate Report - Sep 2022

We are delighted to share with you our recent Care Inspectorate Report. The Inspectors visited KingsWellies Nursery in July 2022. This was an unannounced visit whereby they completed a thorough and full 3 day inspection. 

We are absolutely delighted with the inspection report, and are ready to take on board the feedback. We would like to thank our parents/carers for their continued support and feedback. This allows us to make the necessary improvements required to ensure high quality care is being carried out at all times. 

We would also like to say a huge well done to our staff. The Wellies Gang have worked consistently hard to ensure that high quality care and learning is taking place at all times. They have also taken on board the previous improvement requirements and have met all of these to a high standard. The report highlights our team's efforts to work together, to improve and to support each other. 

We will endeavour to continue to provide the highest level of childcare, support and education and make necessary improvements to make Wellies Nurseries the best places for children to learn and develop. 


Aberdeen nursery receives highest inspection ratings in Scotland

An Aberdeen nursery has been recognised as one of the best in the country for the delivery of child care services during the pandemic.

KingsWellies Nursery achieved one of the highest ratings ever recorded in Scotland during a surprise inspection last year.

Inspectors from the Care Inspectorate turned up to to evaluate how well children were being supported throughout the challenges of the last 18 months.

Following weeks of further scrutiny including interviews with managers, workers, and parents and analysis of infection control procedures, the north-east facility was awarded a level 5, very good rating.

It marks the second time the nursery has received a very good rating after receiving a glowing report in 2019.

Succeeding amidst adversity

Nursery director Kerry Robertson said the Care Inspectorate’s findings are a fitting testament to the hard work, resourcefulness and resilience shown by the entire KingsWellies team during this most challenging of times.

She said: “We are all extremely proud of how well our team has been able to protect and look after our children, staff and families during the last 18 months – whilst all the time continuing to provide only the highest quality of care and education.

“This has been no easy task – but strong communication before, during and after lockdown really eased the transition for our families and staff.

“Although we have always achieved ‘Very Good’ Level 5 scores in previous inspections, the result of this Covid-19 inspection is a much greater deal for us.

“We have all just experienced the most challenging year of our lives – and this very positive report is signalling that things are beginning to get back to normal for the communities we serve.”

Glowing report from inspectors

Inspectors found the nursery, which is registered to provide care for a maximum of 123 children at any one time, found parents were satisfied with the level of care provided as staff supported youngsters in learning through interesting activities.

Inspectors also praised staff for their communication with parents during the pandemic.

In their report, they wrote: “Parents confirmed that staff maintained very good communication during lockdown, and this continued when children returned to nursery…and were happy with how pro-active staff were in applying relevant COVID-19 guidance during drop off and pick up of children.”

Inspectors also concluded that KingsWellies had no further requirements or recommendations for improvement.

The findings come as the nursery prepares to open a new extension at the Prime Four Business Park in August 2021.

Vow to continue to their hard work

The director said staff will continue to deliver high standards moving forward for generations of young people to come.

“We will continue to strive to provide the highest quality of care and education for all our children and are very excited about the forthcoming expansion.

“This will allow us to extend our childcare provision to more children in and around the local Prime Four community.”

Care Inspectorate Report - November 2018

KingsWellies Nursery was inspected during a two week period in November 2018 by the Care Inspectorate. This is our SECOND care inspection since opening in April 2015. We are absolutely delighted to attach our report for your information. We were awarded Grade 5 (Very Good) in ALL categories of the inspection. In addition, we have NO requirements, NO recommendations and NO action plan to complete from the Care Inspectorate. We have shown great improvements since our first inspection in May 2016.  We are thrilled! 

Please be rest assured however that we will NOT become complacent. We will NOT sit on our laurels. We will continue to improve and to provide the VERY BEST service possible. We aim to achieve Grade 6 (Excellent) in all future inspections and to stand out as a sector leading nursery. We will continue to aim for excellence throughout all that we do. We are a TEAM and could not do it without ALL of our stakeholders who are so very important to us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Please give us your comments about our Inspection Report. You can find hard copies of our Report in our reception area, download from or click on the link below.

Care Inspectorate Report - May 2016

We have now received our Care Inspectorate Report (May 2016) and are REALLY delighted with it! WELL DONE everyone! We aim to continue to improve and reach EXCELLENCE (sector-leading) in EVERY area by the time we have our second inspection. We will be producing an Improvement Action Plan as a direct result of our inspection and will share this with you in due course.

Please give us your comments about our Report – you can find a feedback sheet in reception.  You can find hard copies of our Report in our reception area, download from or click on the link below.

Look what our parents said about us to the Care Inspectorate

“Kerry and the team go above and beyond the call of duty to give the children the best possible experiences they can whilst at nursery. We really feel part of the KingsWellies family.”

“A lovely stimulating nursery. I can confidently leave my child and know that she is going to have a fun filled day full of learning. Manager, Kerry is always available and happy to discuss any queries.”

“We have used a number of nurseries due to relocation and we could not be happier with this one. Our child is thriving. The manager is ambitious, driven, hardworking, caring, approachable and friendly.”

“Our child is always so happy to go into nursery. It is a pleasure to see her so happy and it makes it so easy for us to leave her there as we know she will be happy and very well looked after. All the staff in the nursery know her name and that we are her parents.”

“KingsWellies provides an educational, fun filled learning environment, where staff know the children and understand each child’s individual needs. The atmosphere is family-like and the children are encouraged to progress. The staff have a wide range of skills and interests which they share. I feel secure knowing my child’s best interest will be considered.”

“Fantastic facilities with highly motivated and enthusiastic staff. Great outdoor space.”

“The quality of care and range of activities and foods are brilliant and I’m very happy with the care and service they provide.”

 “This is one of the friendliest nurseries I have been in. we are always welcomed and acknowledged. Credit to Kerry and her staff team.”

“I do not have a single negative thing to say about the nursery. My child loves going. The staff are lovely, friendly and enthusiastic. The owner knows every child and makes every effort to speak to children/parents when she sees them.”

“We regularly receive newsletters and emails with updates and news of what’s happening in the nursery and really appreciate what the manager and her team are trying to achieve for the children of KingsWellies.”

Education Scotland Inspection Report (May 2017)  LINK