Buchanan Nursery in Bearsden is saved from brink of closure

Buchannan Nursery - Happy faces at the nursery27th May 2014Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Buchannan Nursery - Happy faces at the nursery27th May 2014Pic: Roberto Cavieres

Parents, youngsters and staff were celebrating this week after their under-threat nursery was saved from the brink of closure.

Buchanan Nursery faced an uncertain future after an admin blunder was made when applying for funding to East Dunbartonshire Council.

However, the nursery’s owner, Four Seasons Health Care, has stepped in to underwrite any funding shortfall to give parents an assurance that it will remain open.

The future of the nursery, which cares for 125 children up to five-years old, was thrown into doubt recently after its funding application for the 60 children in the pre-school group, aged three to five, was refused by the council’s procurement department because the application documents contained incomplete information.

Four Seasons hope the council will accept an appeal, but just in case this is unsuccessful they have stepped in to keep the nursery open.

Jennifer Young, operations director for Four Seasons Health Care, said: “I have discussed the situation with Councillor Rhondda Geekie, the leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, and I am very grateful for her personal intervention.

“The council wants to help resolve the situation, but it has to follow legal process in respect of funding applications, so it is not able to provide an immediate answer to our request for them to reconsider our application.

“We understand the anxiety that this has caused parents so the company has given its assurance of the future of the nursery.”

Gordon Currie, Director of Education and Children’s Services, said: “We understand parents’ concerns and everyone associated with Buchanan Nursery in the current situation.

“The council followed the required legal and procurement procedures when assessing this and other tenders for awarding early years’ partnership contracts.”