MP praises work of local nursery

Councillor Charles Bucha, Kiddiwinks manager Anne Milne, and local MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford.
Councillor Charles Bucha, Kiddiwinks manager Anne Milne, and local MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford.

Local MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford made a visit to Fraserburgh’s Kiddiwinks Nursery last Friday morning, praising the work of the staff.

SNP Member of Parliament, Dr Whiteford, had been invited to the nursery by its owner and manager, Anne Milne. Local councillor Charles Buchan, Early Years Aberdeenshire manager Kay Gwynne, and improvement officer Terry Steele also attended the visit.

The invite comes following a strong report from the inspectorate, Education Scotland, last December, which highlighted the achievements of the youngsters at the pre-school.

Anne Milne commented: “The main focus for the invitation was to commemorate our inspection report from Education Scotland highlighting the following key strengths: Friendly and confident children who are developing a love of music, dance and physical activity; High-quality learning experiences for children, including learning outdoors and visits within the local community; The involvement and support of parents in the life of the nursery; The commitment of all staff to ensuring a warm, stimulating and inclusive ethos; The leadership of the manager in securing continued improvement of the nursery.

“The nursery has been open for 15 years this month and extended in 2012 and doubled in size to create extra spaces for children aged 0-5 years in Fraserburgh. This is also a celebration of providing a high quality education in Fraserburgh. It’s not often you hear of businesses expanding in Fraserburgh,” she added.

In her visit to the Robertson Road nursery, Dr Whiteford was given a tour of the facility and spoke with parents and youngsters, before taking part in a music session with Ms Milne and the children.

Commenting on the success of the nursery, Dr Whiteford said: “I think it’s great to see a local nursery doing so well and showing what can be achieved in a small, family business.

“Nursery provision, I think, is one of the most important things in our society, that people do have the chance to access high quality childcare, and, certainly, that’s what we’ve seen today.”