Provost Kerr: nursery u-turn is ‘heartening’

Donaldson's Nursery demo.  Pic by Ian Rutherford
Donaldson's Nursery demo. Pic by Ian Rutherford

West Lothian Council has made a remarkable U-turn on a previous decision to remove pre-school nursery funding from Donaldson’s School in Linlithgow.

And along with that decision came the news that the council is set to enter into new four-year contracts with another provider, Oakwell Nursery.

The provider who won the tendering process previously, First Adventures, which is also based in Linlithgow, will remain on the partnership list of private pre-school nursery providers.

Provost Tom Kerr said: “This is excellent news.

“I am absolutely delighted with the decision to provide parents with a much larger choice of private nursery provision.

“This was a worrying time for staff and parents.

“It is heartening to see the submissions offered by Oakwell and Donaldson’s have been succesful in changing the opinions of the officers involved in this tendering process.

“There was no doubt in my mind that the decision needed to be reviewed. It is wonderful to see that the previous uncertainty over nursery provision is now over.”

A spokesman for West 
Lothian Council said: “The aim of the tender was to ensure we had sufficient capacity for pre-school places in West Lothian .

‘‘To support the existing council provision in the Linlithgow area, the council has placed three providers onto the framework – First Adventures, Donaldson’s and Oakwell.

“Pre-school places will continue to be allocated in accordance with the council’s pupil placement and admission pre-school education policy.”

The council spokesman did not say why, after previously deciding there was only requirement for one private provider, that it had now issued two new four-year contracts to local nurseries.