Nursery parents win meeting with education boss

Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn.
Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn.

Parents have won a meeting with the education minister to press their case for a children’s nursery to be given partnership status by Falkirk Council.

The Little Stars Nursery, based at Falkirk Community Stadium, has regularly applied to the council to work together to deliver pre-school learning, but been turned down.

Town hall education chiefs say there is “no need” to team up because its own nurseries are meeting local demand.

But the situation has been criticised as unfair by angry mums and dads who say it is costing them up to £1860 a year in fees because they can only take advantage of 600 hours free early-years schooling if they enrol their children at a council-run nursery.

They are campaigning for a re-think, and thanks to Falkirk SNP councillor Cecil Meiklejohn a delegation will be able to put their case to children and young people’s minister Aileen Campbell at a private meeting at Holyrood on Thursday.

Councillor Meiklejohn said; “The council’s nursery schools don’t offer the flexible hours these working parents need.”