Plans to expand flexible childcare in Dundee through ambitious renovation project
Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS), a service provider set up by One Parent Families Scotland, plans to expand its Dundee services by purchasing the former Fintry Nursery through a community asset transfer.
The nursery closed over a decade ago and the building has been lying empty, but through the vision of FCSS the site could become a thriving community hub offering flexible childcare services alongside activities for older members of the community.
Currently, FCSS offers drop-offs and pick-ups, after-school activities, and a mobile creche in Dundee, but the new premises would allow it to provide for more families in the area.
Commenting on the proposals in the Evening Telegraph, chief executive of FCSS Susan McGhee said: “The plan is to move our existing childcare services to this new, bigger building so we can increase what we’re doing.
“We also have plans for a community shed to run a repair-reuse-recycle scheme for older members of the community and a courtyard.
“We want to make good use of the building. It’s a beautiful building and it’s in great condition – I can’t understand why it’s not in use.
“We’ve done [a] community consultation, we’ve been to several local planning meetings and things – and we’ve had really good support from the community and the council.
“At the moment the plan is dependent on finding out what we need to do (to the building) and if we need to do it in stages.
“We would love to create a real centre of excellence for the community – lots of other childcare providers ask us how we can deliver flexible care.”
Flexible Childcare Services Scotland also works in Aberdeenshire where it provides the same services, as well as at-home childcare and before-school activities.