Delight after council reopen mothballed Skye nursery

Clair and Olivia Stones are looking forward to the start of the new school term

Claire and Olivia Stones are looking forward to the start of the new school term

MICHAEL RUSSELL

Parents in north Skye were celebrating this week when Highland Council announced that it would reopen a nursery that had been closed for several years.

Struan Primary School had been earmarked for closure by the council but, following an appeal decision in Portree Sheriff Court earlier this year, the school was spared the axe.

Now the council’s area care and learning manager Norma Young has confirmed that the nursery, closed for the last four years, will reopen this coming August. Last week she wrote to Mrs Clare Stones from Ullinish to offer a place in the nursery to daughter Olivia.

The letter said: “I have asked Mr Wyness, acting head teacher, to advise the Care Inspectorate and to review the accommodation required for the nursery. In addition, I have requested that Mr Wyness progress as soon as possible an advert for an Early Years Practitioner.”

Mrs Stones said she was delighted with the announcement.

“The nursery and school is a valuable resource and hopefully will encourage families to live in the surrounding area now that the threat of closure has been removed,” she said. “Olivia is very excited about starting nursery in August.”

Another boy in the area may also be starting along with Olivia but the family have accommodation issues to resolve first of all. A second boy is due to start at the nursery next year.

Regarding the status of Edinbane nursery, Norma Young said that would be clarified next week. Along with Knockbreck primary, Edinbane primary was also earmarked for closure and its nursery has been ‘mothballed’ for several years with at least two families wanting to enroll their children there.