The Council of the Isles of Scilly has appointed a childcare provider to run the new nursery facility at Carn Gwaval Wellbeing Centre.
Anna Wild, manager of new venture Cherry Blossom Childcare, said she “can’t wait to get started” providing additional capacity for the islands from the Carn Gwaval site.
Anna, who is known to families due to her early years leadership at Five Islands Academy, is currently registering the business and will be in touch with families about an opening date in the coming weeks.
She said: “This is such an exciting opportunity to expand the early years provision on the islands. I am very much looking forward to working alongside the talented team of early years foundation stage providers to develop a comprehensive 0-12 setting for our families. I can't wait to get started!”
The new nursery building is funded by the Department of Education following a successful bid by the Council, which also included the refitting of the school’s ‘Dinghies class’ to meet the new 3 and 4-year-old nursery offer.
Cllr Joel Williams, Lead Member for Children, commented: “We are delighted that Scilly now has another high quality childcare offer that will enable the best possible start in children’s lives.
"The new provider will work with families and the community to provide a range of childcare options including holiday clubs, wrap around sessions as well as the 2, 3 and 4-year-old nursery offer. The provision will be inclusive to enable every single child to flourish."
He added: "This is a fantastic addition to the high quality provision on the islands from Five Islands Academy and our childminders.”