Council says five new nurseries will help meet needs

The new facility will be built on the site of the former Crookfur Pavilion.
The new facility will be built on the site of the former Crookfur Pavilion.

The council’s ambitious £24m development of five new nurseries is now underway after the first sod was cut at the site of the new Crookfur Family Centre.

The new-build facilities, three of which will operate as family centres providing childcare for 50 weeks of the year, are planned to be open by August 2020.

With the council required to provide increased free childcare for all three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds by 2020, the new nurseries are said to play a significant part in helping delivering this.

As part of the move Crookfur Primary Nursery Class will be relocated to this new facility on the site of the former Crookfur Pavilion.

Once opened, the facility will continue to be managed by Crookfur Primary Head Teacher Sheena McGuigan and will offer more places than available at present, as well as opening all year round, rather than just term time.

Councillor Paul O’Kane, Convener for Education and Equalities, said: “It’s exciting to reach this important milestone in our early years expansion plan, which will see five new state-of-the-art nurseries created. They will provide fantastic facilities for our youngest learners, with amazing outdoor space to allow them to expand their curiosity through play. This marks the start of this ambitious project and work on all five new sites will get under way over the next few months. We are committed to providing the very best learning environment for all the children and young people in East Renfrewshire.”