New Nurseries Opened

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Three nurseries in buildings refurbished for the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Dundee have been officially opened by Lord Provost Ian Borthwick.

The facilities have been enhanced as part of a Β£13 million council investment programme across the city to provide high quality, fit for purpose learning spaces for young children both indoors and outdoors.

This includes the construction of a new nursery in Douglas due to welcome children in August 2020.

Across Scotland, entitlement to free Early Learning and Childcare is increasing from the current 600 hours to 1140 hours by August this year for all three and four year olds and eligible two year olds.

In Dundee, a number of Early Learning and Childcare providers will be involved in the implementation later this year including local authority, private and voluntary sector nurseries and some childminders.

The three city council nurseries have been carefully refurbished in the programme to increase capacity across the city to deal with the expansion of hours. They opened their doors to children last autumn.

Children and their families helped celebrate the openings along with nursery staff.

Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said: β€œI am delighted to officially open these excellent new nurseries and see the children and their families.

β€œThis is an investment in the future of our city.

β€œThere will be many educational benefits for the children who are the focus of this expansion.

β€œIt will give them a great start that will help them develop as they grow and move onto school.”  

More details on the expansion of nursery hours in Dundee can be found at

https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/service-area/children-and-families-service/education/expansion-to-the-entitlement-to-early-learning-and-childcare-august-2020

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