Renfrewshire Council

Children from Houston Early Learning and Childcare Class with Councillor Jim Paterson

Education Convener: Breaking ground to build four new nurseries

I visited Houston Early Learning and Childcare Class to meet five young children digging up ground ahead of work starting on site.

Work is beginning on site to build four new nurseries in Dargavel in Bishopton, Houston, Lochfield in Paisley and Kirklandneuk in Renfrew.

Houston Early Learning and Childcare Class is the only nursery of the four to replace an existing early years building.

These new-build nurseries will help us provide young children with the best possible start in life by creating the best possible learning environment for them.

While visiting the new site at Houston with young children from the early learning and childcare class, I was pleased to see how excited they are about the construction work and how they are getting to see the changes day by day.

It's good that Beth, Annie and Isla, all aged four, will still get to see the new nursery when they go to the primary school on the same site, while Leo and Jess, aged three, will spend next school year enjoying learning in an environment built to expand their horizons and develop confident young people.

We are also carrying out extension work and refurbishments to nurseries across the area, with work due to start soon on three major extensions at St Margaret's Early Learning and Childcare Centre, Kilbarchan Community Nursery and a bespoke centre for Inchinnan Community Nursery at Inchinnan Primary School.

Quality learning experiences are not just about buildings. Our staff play a pivotal role in giving children the freedom to lead their own learning and meet educational milestones. If your reading this and want to become part of our early years team, we're recruiting for entry-level posts and senior positions throughout 2020. Keep an eye out for those on MyJobScotland.

We also just completed our January admissions campaign to reach as many parents as possible and get them to apply for a nursery place from August 2020.

We know that getting a nursery application in isn't quite on the top of a parent's priority list, I'm a parent too and know how you feel, but if you can apply for a nursery place now, your application will be considered in the first round of allocating placements when admissions panels meet in March. That's an important panel to be in.

If you'd like to know more about our plans for the expansion of early learning and childcare, visit our nurseries and early learning section on the website.

Published on Monday 2 March 2020

Pictured: Children from Houston Early Learning and Childcare Class with Councillor Jim Paterson