New investment for nurseries gets green light

Plans to build new nurseries in the Capital have been welcomed by the City of Edinburgh Council’s vice-convener for Education, Children and Families.

Councillor Cathy Fullerton was speaking after councillors on the Education, Children and Families Committee approved plans today (Tuesday 19 May) for a £4.2m investment plan in nursery provision in the Capital.

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years facilities will be built at Tynecastle Nursery and Ferryhill Primary School; both replacing the existing facilities but with increased capacity.

There would also be permanent replacement nursery provision at Leith Primary School and improvements made to Blackhall Nursery, a voluntary sector partner provider.

Cllr Fullerton said: “This is great news for families and carers in the Gorgie, Ferryhill, Leith and Blackhall areas of the Capital. Today’s decision to approve over £4m of investment at nurseries reinforces the Council’s commitment to providing every child in Edinburgh with the best possible start in life.

“Replacing older nurseries with new high quality buildings and providing extra places is a clear sign of our desire to ensure all our children are given the right environment to succeed in as they grow up.”

Tynecastle Nursery head teacher Stella Brown said the local community were really excited about having a new nursery.

She said: “The existing building has been here since 1929 and stood the tests of time but it needs to be updated to meet the requirements for working with younger children and providing support for parents.

“It has served generations of local families well throughout the previous decades and was originally built for the children of families in local tenements where the need for fresh air, space, light and healthy food had been identified for their wellbeing and most importantly, a safe place for children to play and learn.

“A nursery for young children should be about the whole environment, indoors and out. The current site is a very important green space where children play and learn outdoors, benefiting from fresh air and energetic play every day. In a city centre nursery, placing value on the improved building whilst maintaining the ‘oasis’ outdoors is vital. I am sure the new building will be an outstanding facility for future generations in Gorgie and Dalry.”

The announcement follows previous investment of £5.7m which will deliver replacement and /or expanded early years facilities at Longstone Primary School, Granton Early Years Centre, Davidson’s Mains Primary School, Corstorphine Primary School, Fox Covert Primary Schools and the new St John’s RC Primary School.

The new facility at Fox Covert Primary Schools is due to open in August 2015 in addition to two other new nurseries at Duddingston and Wardie Primary Schools meaning a total of 11 new or replaced/extended nurseries have been identified.

The Scottish Government has provided £9.892m of the funding after new legislation expanded free nursery provision from 475 hours to 600 hours a year for all three and four-year-olds and some two-year-olds.

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