New flexible childcare facility opens in Keith

Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS) are opening a new childcare setting in Keith, giving parents the opportunity to book childcare flexibly to meet their work and education needs.

The new nursery will be temporarily based in Longmore Hall until the completion of their custom-built early learning and childcare facility which will be based in the grounds of Keith Grammar School.

Eleanor Smith, Manager of the new service in Keith said,

“We’re obviously disappointed that our new facility isn’t ready, yet another side effect of COVID 19, but we’ve spent months working with the council to prepare Longmore Hall so that it’s ready to provide children with a unique learning experience. Following the ‘Curiosity approach’ the setting brings old and new resources together to create an inviting and stimulating setting for children. Children have opportunities to investigate, be creative, problem solve and develop critical thinking skills while a dedicated and motivated team will support their learning across all areas of the curriculums. Children and families are at the centre of our vision and aims and we look forward to working collaboratively with both service users and the Moray Council. We hope our new facility will be open soon, but in the meantime, we know we are able to offer families the highest quality of care and are very much looking forward to welcoming our first children this week.”

Thanks to Moray Council’s commitment to continue with the roll out of 1140 hours, FCSS is also offering fully-funded, flexible early learning and childcare to eligible 2-5 year olds in the Keith area,

Robin Paterson, Senior Project Manager (Early Learning & Childcare) commented,

“Moray Council is delighted to welcome Flexible Childcare Services Scotland to the Keith area along with their innovative approach to service delivery. We very much look forward to working in partnership with FCS prior to the opening of the new build nursery in Keith.”

Families who already use FCSS’s services are able to book day care by the hour, and they can change their booked hours every week to reflect their working patterns.

This will enable parents 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.

FCSS believe this will be the first time families have been able to use their funded childcare hours in a flexible delivery model.

According to Susan McGhee, Chief Executive Officer at Flexible Childcare Services Scotland,

“This move will mean families can maximise the benefit of their funded entitlement, reducing the need for them to purchase wrap around hours. It will help families to save money, it will allow parents and carers to continue working and children are more likely to attend and experience the benefits that high quality early learning and childcare brings.”