Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has received an assurance from Orkney Islands Council that nursery places for eligible 2-5 year olds will be found and that before and after school care will also be provided when the Peedie Breeks Nursery closes later this year.
The MSP however, has not yet received confirmation on what will be available for 0-3 year olds who are presently catered for by Peedie Breeks.
Rhoda Grant, who represents Orkney as part of the Highlands and Islands region in the Scottish Parliament said:
“Some parents have contacted me to advise of the uncertainty and how this is leaving them worried about what future provision will be in place.
“Orkney Islands Council has told me that the council has a point of contact for all parents affected and they are gathering information about how parents use the existing service.
“They advise that as of August 2020, all of the largest nursery settings in Orkney, including two in Kirkwall, will run all year round and operate before and after school and that parents who formerly used Peedie Breeks for extended days will have alternative choices.
“The council has also committed to finding places for eligible 2-5 year olds who are presently catered for at Peedie Breeks.
“They brought the enrolment forward from March to January so that numbers could be gathered and contingencies put in place. Numbers for this age group, they say, should be known by the end of this week.
“What is still not clear however, is what provision will be available for the 0-3 year age group when Peedie Breeks closes. I have already written to the Scottish Government to ask what they will do to support parents with regard to 0-3 year old provision and I await their response.”
I don’t know if any of The Powers That Be on the Council will read this, and, if they do, would they even give it a thought?
I don’t know, but I’m going to say it…….
As far as I can tell, Peedie Breeks is closing because of some kind of difficulty about the building.
The Old Balfour building, conveniently situated in Kirkwall, is sitting there, empty – would some part of that be suitable as a replacement premises for Peedie Breeks?
All on one level – toilets, open areas for play – looks like a strong possibility, to me.
Why not? Unless OIC have a more profitable plan involving the Old Balfour, in which case – the needs of the public can go whistle.