Official Opening of Baluniefield Nursery13/12/22
A new purpose-built £2.5 million Dundee City Council nursery has been officially opened by Lord Provost Bill Campbell.
Baluniefield 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.
“Baluniefield 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 Baluniefield Nursery.”
Baluniefield 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: “I’m delighted to be representing our team today at the official opening of the nursery. Having assisted Dundee City Council over a number of years in the delivery of an enhanced education portfolio, we are a proud trusted partner.
“These learning environments will give the children of Dundee an excellent start to their education, and we have a great pride in providing a quality building for it to be delivered in. “
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