Lisa Corse began work this week as the new manager for the Fàs Mòr childcare facility in Sleat. Lisa had previously worked at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic college in Sleat, for 14 years, mainly in education, and was latterly Head of Reception at the college before taking up her new role with Fàs Mòr.
Fàs Mòr offers Gaelic-medium childcare and caters for children up to 12 years old, and there are 81 children currently registered with the centre, which is based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Fàs Mòr was established in 2004 and has built up a reputation for providing high quality childcare, and is not only a highly-valued service for the community, but a key element in the ongoing promotion of Gaelic in Sleat. The centre frequently receives positive feedback from the Care Inspectorate as part of their programme of annual inspections and reports, and parents have also praised the service that they and their children receive.
Lisa said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be starting as the new manager of Fàs Mòr. There have been excellent managers in the past and I hope I can continue to build on their work and the success of the facility. Because I was involved in establishing Fàs Mòr, it is a very important place to me personally. It is also a very important place for Gàidhlig and for the economy of Sleat, as Fàs Mòr gives parents the opportunity to return to work or education. It’s been really lovely meeting the children and parents this week.”
The chair of the Board of Fàs Mòr, Flora MacLean, commented: “We are indeed lucky in Sleat to have such a wonderful facility on our doorstep. Fàs Mòr has given mothers the opportunity to go back to work, as, without such a facility there was previously no chance to do so. There are now about 80 children registered to attend, and this is a huge benefit to parents who work in the community and elsewhere. It is also being used by parents travelling from the Broadford community. Gaelic is the main language at Fàs Mòr, and help is offered to children, and parents who do not understand the language. This is a good opportunity to learn pretty quickly! We are very fortunate to have such able, diligent, dedicated staff caring for and guiding the children on a daily basis. A warm welcome to Lisa Corse who started as the new Manager at Fàs Mòr this week.”
Fàs Mòr is one of the few centres of its kind in Scotland which delivers childcare through the medium of Gaelic, and there are currently three full-time staff (including the manager) and two part-time staff who work there.