Rowena Nursery in Glasgow was officially unveiled in a special ceremony last week, providing state-of-the-art facilities for up to 85 children.
The project, which was part of Glasgow City Council’s plans to refurbish or replace all poor condition primary and nursery schools, will provide children in Knightswood with a Gaelic education.
Liz Cameron, executive member for children, young people and lifelong learning, said: “What a beautiful day we have had at the official opening of the nursery.
“What a lovely building, so colourful and we’ve been treated to beautiful singing in English and Gaelic.
“The children and staff are so happy in their new nursery but it is all about what goes on inside the building that’s important and makes the nursery breathe.”
Councillor Jonathan Findlay said he was particularly impressed by the outdoor space at the new nursery.
“The thing I’m most delighted about is the amount of outdoor space, giving the children an appreciation of learning outside,” he said.
“This is a great new facility and has a great area of grass they can run up and down on for play as well as getting all the benefits of outdoor learning.”
The new nursery classrooms all open out to a garden, which has covered areas so that children can still play outdoors even in poor weather.
Children who attend the setting will be taught Gaelic using the immersion method, which means that all instructions, stories and songs will be spoken or sung in the language.
Leselyanne Duffy, a local parent, said: “You just have to walk through the front doors to see how lovely the nursery is and also feel the energy of the new building.
“The children and the parents are supported so well by an amazing staff.”