An Ayrshire nursery has closed its doors for good after being handed a scathing report by care chiefs.

Little Deers Nursery was graded 'weak' by the Care Inspectorate for the quality of management and leadership last year; while the quality of staffing, environment and care and support was deemed to be 'adequate'.

In a letter sent to parents, seen by Ayrshire Live, the Kilwinning early-years provider told parents it would not be reopening after the nationwide lockdown.

The nursery was dealt a blow last year after the poor inspection report resulted in funding being pulled by North Ayrshire Council.

This week, plans were granted for Buckreddan Care Centre — which is already attached to the nursery building — to take charge of the vacant early-years facility and convert it into more rooms for residents.

Blueprints show that the bosses will turn the nursery into 12 additional rooms for people.

One parent told Ayrshire Live of their 'disappointment' when the nursery received the damning Care Inspectorate report.

The individual claimed that "a huge number" of parents withdrew their kids after the dossier was released.

Theresa Fitzsimmons, managing partner, said in the letter issued to parents before Christmas that the decision to close the service wasn't an easy one.

Ms Fitzsimmons added: "We have been forced to review the viability of our nursery provision and, it is with regret, we will be withdrawing the service. Therefore, Little Deers Nursery will not open on January 18, 2021.

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"Little Deers has been part of Buckreddan Care Centre since 2004 and this has not been an easy decision."

Planners at North Ayrshire Council said that owners cited a downturn in demand as the reason for the closure.

A case officer from North Ayrshire Council wrote: "It is now proposed to change the use of the children's nursery to provide 12 additional bedrooms for the care centre, which would be internally linked directly to the existing facility.

"This would result in the closure of the nursery, with the owner citing a downturn in demand as the reason. No external alterations or extensions are proposed — all works relate to internal alterations which have been illustrated in a submitted floor plan.

"Internal alterations to a building are not classed as development in terms of the planning legislation."

The document continues: "In summary, the proposal to change the use of the nursery to expand the care home at Buckreddan is considered to be acceptable in terms of the placemaking policy, and would make good use of an existing modern building of appropriate design."

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