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Plans for new nursery school in North Kessock


By Philip Murray

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An artist's impression of the new nursery building, as viewed from the school's existing perimeter path. Picture: Highland Council.
An artist's impression of the new nursery building, as viewed from the school's existing perimeter path. Picture: Highland Council.

A new dedicated nursery looks set to be built in the grounds of a Black Isle school as part of council commitments to provide free childcare.

Highland Council has lodged a planning application to install a modular nursery block within North Kessock Primary's grounds. It would sit to the north-west of the school.

If approved, the single-storey building will feature two separate classrooms, each almost 61 sq m in size, as well as a 33 sq m shared communal space, kitchen, toilets and office/reception space for staff.

Confirming the plans, a Highland spokesperson said the new building was part of the council's commitment to provide 1140 hours of free childcare for each pre-schooler in the Highlands, in line with Scottish Government policy.

"We are pleased to confirm that planning permission is being sought for a new modular unit to house an improved nursery provision at North Kessock Primary," they said.

"This is one of the planned setting developments throughout the Highlands, as highlighted in the recent update given to the education committee on September 30.

"The new unit will provide improved accommodation along with external play area for outdoor activities and an ever improving early learning experience. Our school staff, parents and children are all excited by the provision of the new nursery setting . This is further evidence of the council’s commitment to provide 1140 hours of funded childcare for all children in the Highlands in up to date settings”.

If it goes ahead, then the new nursery facilities would be enclosed by a 1.8 metre tall fence, creating grounds with space for tarred and grass play areas.

The existing school car park would also be extended to create six additional spaces.

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