Official Opening of Coldside Nursery08/12/22
A new purpose-built near £4 million Dundee City Council nursery has been officially opened by Lord Provost Bill Campbell (Thursday Dec 8).
Coldside Nursery was constructed as part of a drive to nearly double young children’s entitlement to early learning and childcare (ELC)
The single-storey nursery provides ELC for children between the ages of two and five.
National entitlement to free early learning and childcare has now increased from 600 hours to 1140 hours for all three and four-year-olds, as well as eligible two-year-olds.
All eligible children in Dundee are now able to access expanded ELC across the city.
The city council has carried out a programme of refurbishments and new builds to add to existing facilities.
Lord Provost Bill Campbell said: “This is more than just a building.
“Coldside Nursery provides well designed and carefully considered spaces for children to explore and learn both indoors and outdoors.
“The dedicated staff at this nursery support and nurture children as they explore and discover, and also importantly work closely with families as well.
“I look around and see how nurturing and welcoming this nursery is and feel the pride shown by everyone connected with it.
“I am delighted to perform the official opening of Coldside Nursery.”
Coldside Nursery opened its doors to children last year, but a decision was taken not to stage an official celebration event during covid restrictions so that the community could take part.
Children and families convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “Our nurseries are receiving impressive inspection reports, and we have recruited and trained a workforce with the skills to support children who are capable, rich in resourcefulness and full of potential.”
Kevin Dickson, regional managing director, Robertson Construction Tayside, said: “It’s an honour to be invited to the official opening of the nursery. Over the years, we’ve been a trusted partner of Dundee City Council, supporting the enhancement of their education portfolio.
“The quality of these Early Years facilities play an integral part to that modernisation programme, made even more satisfying, seeing the children enjoying and thriving in their new learning environment.”
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