We have been exploring the possibility of building and running a purpose built nursery on the island for a couple of years now due to the growing need for flexible wrap around childcare on Mull. Childcare was identified as a challenge and priority during the North and Central Mull Community Development Plan consultations. By 2020, the Scottish Government are planning to expand the number of free Early Learning and childcare hours to 1140 from 600. This increase will put a strain on the provision currently offered by the Argyll and Bute Council and creates a demand for a new facility on the island.
We have identified the Salen area as an ideal location for a nursery on Mull because of its central location and good transport links. We are pleased to have identified a provisional site on Forestry Commission Scotland land at Glen Aros, not far from the Forestry Offices, and are in early stage discussions about a Community Asset Transfer to develop the site. We are also planning to apply to the Scottish Land Fund for additional support in developing the project. We would like to build an indoor/outdoor nursery, that is a nursery with a solid structure and infrastructure but with an outdoor/forest school ethos, where children spend a large amount of time outdoors exploring the neighbouring woodlands. If you are interested in being involved in this project from the very beginning and helping to inform the design of the nursery, please get in touch with Laura Percy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01680 812907.