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New nursery at Tongue up and running after delay

By Caroline McMorran

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Highland Council has finally opened its new nursery in Tongue following months of delay.

The facility is housed in an extension to Tongue Primary School and contractors began working on the new build last summer.

Accommodation comprises a nursery room with a kitchen area, toilets, a disabled toilet and an office.

It was originally intended to open it after Easter but snagging issues coupled with coronavirus led to a postponement.

Local parents anticipated the nursery would be ready for the start of the 2020/21 academic year and there was disappointment when this did not happen.

Four children are enrolled in the nursery this year.

One father told the Northern Times that he was concerned his child had missed a considerable amount of pre-schooling.

However, the building was eventually officially opened on Tuesday, September 8.

A Highland Council spokeswoman said: "The building required a legionella test which delayed opening for a fortnight after the start of term.

She added: "Now that the nursery has opened, the staff will be settling the children into their new environment.

"Learning in a nursery setting is through play and led by the pupils' interests, with the adult playing a facilitation role.

"The adults already know the children well as the children all attended nursery last year, and therefore will be able to do this effectively."

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