There is good news for parents who are struggling to find nursery places for their children with the announcement that Brechin could soon get a new nursery with pre-school provision.
Only last month parents contacted the Brechiner after having difficulty trying to get a pre-school place for their kids.
However, this problem could soon be solved following planning permission approval for Mark Mitchell, who owns the Revelations Gym at 22 Market Street, to change the use of his gym hall to a gym and day care nursery for children. Mark now intends to set up a nursery with provision for children aged from two to five during the day, while continuing the popular Samurai Sams, Lil’Dragons and adult Martial Arts Classes on weekday evening and Saturdays.
Currently Mark is developing the outside and inside areas of the halls so that he can register this new nursery care service with SCSWIS – Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland.
Explaining his reasons for opening a nursery Mark said: “After talking to people in the area I realised there was demand for a nursery.
“Also, as I work for the Scottish Social Services Council, anyone who wants to work in social services needs to register with us. Through my work I see and work with a lot of social services so I have that bit of a back ground there.
“I have also taught in Brechin with the martial arts for the last ten years and many of my students are aged between three and ten years old. We do have adult classes but it is predominately youth.”
The hall, which is not used throughout the day, was originally a nursery before the then occupiers moved to larger premises.
“I noticed in 2006 there was permission granted for a large nursery but that never went through for some reason. I don’t know why, but there is clearly a need,” continued Mark.
Mark is now looking into the requirements to become a partnership provider of pre-school education with Angus Council and has recently engaged Mairi Flood, a teacher with 15 years experience in local authority nurseries, as manager.
“Mairi has a huge amount of experience of working in local authority nurseries so I was delighted when she agreed to be the manager,” he said.
“If you run a private nursery you don’t have to have it to the standard of a local authority nursery but it is good to aim for that. That is why I want to do it from the start.
“We have been given permission and we now need to get registered, get the equipment, work out the curriculum but we have the next few months to get that sorted.”
Over the coming months they will recruit a staff team and furnish the premises ready to host open days for parents, carers and children to view the nursery and meet the staff.
“I have been told that to register can take about six months so it will be at least that,” explained Mark.
“The maximum children that would be accommodated by the nursery would be in the mid-thirties but would depend on what the Care Inspectorate decide.
“We have quite good space available, with two large halls, so we will be looking to accommodate around that level of children.
“If we get permission for the mid-thirties that I am hoping for I would be looking to employ an additional ten members of staff.”
Mark and Mairi are very keen to take the views of parents and carers into account during the planning and set up of the new service.
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