May 2006 Update
The Annual Care Commission Inspection of Thrumster Nursery is due on 5
The Nursery Fence is well on the way to completion. Grateful thanks to
Norscot who donated the fence. Also to Criminal Justice Department whose
boys have worked hard putting up the new fence.
The theme for the Nursery play area is the beach, in particular nearby
Sarclet harbour. We have even managed to locate an old boat as a
centrepiece for the play area.
New Computer and Equipment
Due to our excellent fundraising efforts and the generosity of the
public, the nursery children have benefited from new computer software,
mats, toys, dressing up outfits and pop-up tents. There is still some
money left over to invest in outdoor play equipment.
New Homes Are What We Need
Progress with new affordable housing continues. A meeting was held on 8
March 2006, with TANC members, the Community Council and Ronnie MacRae
of the Highlands Small Communities Trust. A questionnaire is ready for
distribution within the Thrumster, Tannach, Milton and Haster areas
within the next few weeks.
Next Public Meeting
A public meeting is being held in Thrumster Hall on Tuesday 30 May at
7.30 pm, anyone interested please go along and if you need help
filling the questionnaire please bring it with you.
December Update On Thrumster Nursery Campaign
Working closely with the Community
Council by co-opting a couple of our representatives onto their
Liaising with our MSP, MP and local councillors to try to achieve
sustainability through housing, also to highlight the need for more
money from the Scottish Executive for Education especially in rural
of a playgroup within the local area, using the school facilities.
Our Nursery role numbers will shortly be
increasing from 6 to 8, then after Easter to 9. Our highest number
attending to date.
We are working together with Highland
Council, busily fundraising to provide a secure fenced area for the
Nursery. We will be holding a coffee morning on Saturday 10 December
from 1100 hrs to 1300 hrs in Thrumster Hall. All welcome. Usual stalls
and we are also launching our Thrumster Nursery Handy Recipe Booklet
which has kindly been supported by R G MacDonald, Bakery.
On 25 August 2005, a positive
meeting was held with Education Officials who are involved in the Early
Years Review at Thrumster school. Here representatives of Thrumster
Against Nursery Closure (TANC) were given the opportunity to show off
our first class nursery facility and these Education officials were
impressed with all aspects relating to Thrumster Nursery, this has also
been confirmed in the Integrated Inspection by the Care Commission and
HM Inspectorate of Education on 29 June 2005.
Thrumster Against Nursery Closure (TANC)
have been meeting fortnightly with their members to update everyone on
meetings held or to be held during September include:
meeting with John Thurso
meeting with Rob Gibson
16 September, meeting
with Jamie Stone
27 September, meeting
with Community Council
30 September, meeting
with Maureen MacMillan
Meeting 30 September
There is a clinic with Jamie Stone in Thrumster Hall at 1700 hrs on
Friday 30 September. Members of Thrumster Against Nursery Closure (TANC)
are also holding a separate meeting with Jamie Stone in the Old
Smiddy Inn at 18:30 hrs to discuss nursery issues. Local
councillors, Education officials and representatives from Keiss and
Dunnet have also been invited to attend.
H M Inspectorate Of Education Report 29 June 2005
The latest report from the
Inspectorate shows Thrumster nursery is a very good place for young
children and passed the inspection with flying colours and only two
minor recommendations for improvement.
Unites To Defend
Nursery At Local School
The people of Thrumster rallied round to the
village hall in greater than usual numbers
to hear Councillor Bill Mowat promise to
fight any moves to close the local nursery
for the two years he had on the council if
that should be necessary. the audience
breathed sigh of relief when area manger for
education culture and leisure Graham Nicol
said that today it had been announced that
nothing would happen for at least a year and
that full consultations would be undertaken
with parents before any changes to the
service were made. Whilst parents were
glad to hear this they were determined to
keep the pressure up and would be keeping
their newly formed group in existence to
monitor the situation over coming months.