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Construction begins on new Keith nursery – with public asked for name suggestions


By Jonathan Clark

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CONSTRUCTION has begun on a new Keith nursery, which will provide an additional 60 early learning and childcare places.

The £1.8 million nursery is situated beside Keith Grammar School and is expected to be completed by summer 2021.

Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS), which currently operates the nursery out of Longmore Hall, will continue to run the nursery being built by Moray Council as part of the Scottish Government’s expansion of ELC entitlement to 1140 hours per year.

Cllr Sonya Warren, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Services Committee (front) cuts the first turf for the new nursery building in Keith. ..Joining her are (from back left) Cllr Donald Gatt, Cllr Teresa Coull, Cllr Laura Powell and Project manager for ELC expansion Robin Paterson and Eleanor Smith (kneeling right) Nursery Manager for Flexible Childcare Services...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Cllr Sonya Warren, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Services Committee (front) cuts the first turf for the new nursery building in Keith. ..Joining her are (from back left) Cllr Donald Gatt, Cllr Teresa Coull, Cllr Laura Powell and Project manager for ELC expansion Robin Paterson and Eleanor Smith (kneeling right) Nursery Manager for Flexible Childcare Services...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

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However, the help of the local community is needed to find a suitable name for the nursery, with Keith Nursery already in use.

Members of the public have until September 30 to submit their suggestions to FCSS Nursery Manager, Eleanor Smith, who is encouraging everyone to get involved.

She said: “Our new nursery is unique. We are giving children a stimulating early learning experience, encouraging them to investigate, be creative and develop critical thinking skills.

“We are also giving parents a unique opportunity to book their childcare by the hour so that they can continue with their existing work and training commitments.

"This will enable parents to be more efficient with their funded hours, saving them potentially hundreds of pounds each month by allowing them to book their childcare at the times when they need it most.

“We would love the nursery to reflect the pride people have in the friendly town and we encourage everyone from children to grandparents to have their say in the new name.”

Chair of the Children and Young People’s Services Committee, Cllr Sonya Warren (SNP, Buckie), said: “The additional places being created with this nursery are much needed in Keith and I’m looking forward to seeing it take shape.

Cllr Sonya Warren, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Services Committee (front) cuts the first turf for the new nursery building in Keith. ..Joining her are (from back left) Cllr Donald Gatt, Cllr Teresa Coull, Cllr Laura Powell and Project manager for ELC expansion Robin Paterson and Eleanor Smith (kneeling right) Nursery Manager for Flexible Childcare Services...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Cllr Sonya Warren, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Services Committee (front) cuts the first turf for the new nursery building in Keith. ..Joining her are (from back left) Cllr Donald Gatt, Cllr Teresa Coull, Cllr Laura Powell and Project manager for ELC expansion Robin Paterson and Eleanor Smith (kneeling right) Nursery Manager for Flexible Childcare Services...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Cllr Sonya Warren, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Services Committee (front) cuts the first turf for the new nursery building in Keith. ..Joining her are (from back left) Cllr Donald Gatt, Cllr Teresa Coull, Cllr Laura Powell and Project manager for ELC expansion Robin Paterson and Eleanor Smith (kneeling right) Nursery Manager for Flexible Childcare Services...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Cllr Sonya Warren, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Services Committee (front) cuts the first turf for the new nursery building in Keith. ..Joining her are (from back left) Cllr Donald Gatt, Cllr Teresa Coull, Cllr Laura Powell and Project manager for ELC expansion Robin Paterson and Eleanor Smith (kneeling right) Nursery Manager for Flexible Childcare Services...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

“I’m also looking forward seeing what ideas people come up with for naming the new nursery as it’s not every day we get to invest almost £2 million into the town.

"There are so many names, words, titles and people associated with Keith that it shouldn’t be a problem for local folk to come up with some inspiration.”

Name suggestions can be submitted via email to Ms Smith on Eleanor.Smith@fcss.org.uk.

After September 30 the suggestions will be shortlisted and a poll will be opened for locals to choose their favourite.

A winning name will be announced prior to the new building opening.

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