Kids’ thumbs up for Cart Mill centre

The new Cart Mill family centre is officially opened by  Abby and Holly Constable, with a little help from Councillor Elaine Green.
The new Cart Mill family centre is officially opened by Abby and Holly Constable, with a little help from Councillor Elaine Green.

The youngest members of East Ren’s school community were among the very first to see the new £1.6million Cart Mill Family Centre in Clarkston this week.

Cart Mill children Abby and Holly Constable handed a commemorative plaque to education and equalities convener Councillor Elaine Green to perform the official launch.

The centre provides 130 full time equivalent early years places for Busby, Clarkston and Eaglesham children aged two to five.

It boasts “first class” early learning and childcare facilities and features bright, open plan playrooms with direct access to outdoor learning spaces, a kitchen and dedicated family and dining area.

The centre will be open 50 weeks of the year, providing parents with access to child care during holiday periods.

Councillor Green said: “It’s fantastic to hear first-hand from youngsters who attend the nursery and their families about how they are benefiting from the high quality early learning and childcare here.

“This spacious facility enables quality learning indoors and outdoors and is affording more opportunities for families to engage in the life of the centre.

“The investment in this new centre is part of a £77 million commitment to improving the education estate in East Renfrewshire over the next three years.”

Parents across Scotland currently gain 600 hours of free childcare at local authority run early years establishments, but this will rise to 1,140 hours per year by 2020.

East Ren Council says it’s working to put in place the additional infrastructure and staffing necessary to meet this requirement.