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Dingwall Children's Nursery has new owners, and will run as the Little Staggies Early Learning Centre from January


By Federica Stefani


Jim and Gena Evans hand over the key to Dingwall Children's Nursery to Stacey Proctor and Jason Hope who will be taking over as the nursery changes its name to Little Staggies..Picture: James MacKenzie..
Jim and Gena Evans hand over the key to Dingwall Children's Nursery to Stacey Proctor and Jason Hope who will be taking over as the nursery changes its name to Little Staggies..Picture: James MacKenzie..

THE delighted new owners of a popular children’s nursery are over the moon at taking over the reins.

The former owners of Dingwall Children’s Nursery have recently handed over the keys to Stacey Stewart and Jason Hope, who will run the site under the name of Little Staggies Early Learning Centre (ELC) from January

For Ms Stewart, who has more than 14 years of experience in the childcare field, it is a “dream come true”.

She said: “I love working with children and I have always wanted to open my own nursery one day.

“I just want to provide children and their families with high quality care and create a welcoming and stimulating environment where children can have fun and develop crucial life skills and become independent learners.

“We wanted to have a name that would represent the local community and then my partner came up with the idea of ‘Little Staggies’.

“We met Ross County’s general manager and they were delighted with the idea and even offered us tickets for weekend matches.”

Catering for 48 children aged between eight months and three years — divided between three different age-groups — and currently employing eight members of staff, Little Staggies ELC will officially start its activities on January 6.

All three playrooms will have access to outdoor areas.

Ms Stewart added: “I can’t wait to start. I am really excited about the opening and I hope we will give children a fun and creative environment in which they can flourish.”

The centre has also been granted Commissioned Status by the Highland Council and offers funded childhood care, with 22 hours per week available for eligible children .

Gena and Jim Evans purpose-built Dingwall Children’s Nursery in 2007, and many of the staff have worked there since day one. They said the time felt right to stand down and hand over the successful nursery to a local couple like Stacey Stewart and Jason Hope.

For more information about the nursery and the funding opportunities available, visit their website at www.littlestaggies.co.uk



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