It’s that time of year again to make your childcare choices and we can’t wait to welcome new children into the Stramash family.
Due to the current restrictions and Scotland being under lockdown/T4 we are unable to invite you to visit us on site this year. Our normal operating model for registration weeks across all our sites would involve a series of open days – come along, hang out, meet the team, chat, play and see how you feel. If you want to sign up then we can provide the paperwork. Obviously due to C19, this year will have to be a little different so that we can keep everyone safe and well, while we currently support our communities by operating as key-worker hubs.
We recognise that this is not the same. It’s a bit like watching a nature documentary, it can be informative, enjoyable and inspire you to think about things in a different way, but it’s not the same as being in nature. We believe that to truly understand and make an informed choice about your nursery setting, you need to experience it, and preferably also see your child experience it.
We are acutely aware that this is an uncertain time for all families and want to reassure you that as soon as it is safe for you to do so, you will be invited on site to meet the team and get the full ‘Stramash Experience’.
Registration season is going ahead as planned and local councils have moved everything online to accommodate for this. This means that to secure you a potential space we need you to register now, before you are able to visit. We understand that for some of you this may feel like a more difficult decision.
So our virtual doors are flung open and we are available to chat about any thoughts, questions and considerations you may have about outdoor nursery, Stramash, and what’s going to work best for your child and family.
We have a range of options available to you:
- Book a phone call with one of our nursery heads – talk through the process and ask us anything!
- Book a virtual video tour – where our nursery head will give you the guided tour of the site and chat more about what we do. You can ask any questions you may have and see the environment your child will be experiencing – video calling required
- Email us for more info – relevant links etc
- We will be going live on facebook to talk more about the benefits of outdoor nursery, our ethos and to answer any of your questions. We are also hoping to organise some guest virtual visitors to chat with, so make sure you’re following us there to catch those!
Registrations will be available from the following dates – but you can of course book your virtual tour or chat right now using the contact form below
Elgin Nursery: Moray – Weeks beginning 18th & 25th Jan
Oban Nursery: Argyll & Bute – Week beginning 25th Jan
Fort William & Tornagrain Nurseries – Highland -Week beginning 8th Feb
Get in touch!
What is registration season?
Children born between 1st March 2018 and 29th Feb 2019 are eligible for government funded childcare – we have some info on when, how many hours, blended placements and how it all works across the different councils here: https://stramash.org.uk/1140-funded-spaces/
Registration season is a time for families to visit various nurseries, confirm a space at the setting/s of their choice and select the sessions they want their child to attend.
Non Funded Spaces
We also offer private spaces and you are welcome to register with us on a private space if your child is not yet eligible for funding or you need additional hours that exceed your allocation.
This normally relates to 2 year olds – We accept children from 2 years of age at our Elgin, Fort Willam and Tornagrain (Inverness East) nurseries. Some 2 year olds will also be eligible for a funded space – you can see if you meet the criteria from your local councils website.