Nursery given £1m facelift

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East Calder Primary School nursery in West Lothian has been given a £1m facelift, boasting a new 400 square metre single story extension.

The new modern extension will provide a new entrance for parents which includes decorative rainbow coloured panels, cloakroom, improved disabled access and new pedestrian routes.

The existing standalone nursery building will be demolished, with the playground area set to be expanded, giving children who attend the nursery more space to play.

Dave King, executive councillor for culture and leisure, attended the opening of the original setting, and was invited back once more, joining guests from the school community and those involved in the project.

Mr King said of the opening:

“It’s fantastic to see the new £1 million nursery extension at East Calder Primary open and already making a difference to the learning of our pre-school pupils.

“I was privileged to attend the opening of the previous nursery building over 20 years ago, so I’m delighted to open the new modern nursery, which is a huge improvement to the facilities at East Calder Primary.

“The brand new hi-tech modern nursery will be a huge benefit to the East Calder community, ensuring that our youngest pupils start their education journey in the best possible environment. Thanks to pupils and staff for their warm welcome to share their celebrations on the completion of the project.

“West Lothian Council is determined to continue to invest in education and improve our school estate, which is already one of the best in the country. We have spent £65 million education infrastructure improvements since 2012 and further £40 million planned over the next two years to ensure our young people can learn in the best possible environment.”

West Lothian Council’s Construction Services team managed the upgrade along with David Narro Associates, EDP Consulting Engineers, Brownriggs, Thomson Gray and builders JB Bennett (Contracts) Ltd.

Jill Cameron, head teacher at the adjoining primary school, said: “The nursery children love being in their new nursery classroom, and enjoying all the exciting learning activities on offer in the bright, large nursery extension.

“The previous nursery building was separate from the main school, so it’s great to have all our pupils together in one building to help build links between the different age groups.

“We enjoyed having Councillor King and our guests for the official opening celebration so they could hear first-hand from the nursery pupils just how much they are enjoying learning in the new nursery environment.”

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