A £9 million project has got underway to increase children’s access to free nursery places in East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow.

Two early education centres in Newton Mearns and Clarkston will increase their capacity once works have been completed.

There are also plans to extend Crookfur Nursery and Primary School, giving it capacity for an extra 99 school places, as well an additional 80 nursery places.

A £1.6 million investment in a family centre in Clarkston will allow for 40 new places to be created.

The plans are in line with the Scottish Government’s proposals to give parents more free childcare in the next four years.

At the moment, parents receive 600 hours of free childcare per year, but this will increase to 1140 hours by the year 2020.

A spokesperson for the local authority said: “Several different government policies and strategies are converging in the early years arena to help clarify our thinking on this, and I’m delighted to see this coming together in physical form at Crookfur and Cart Mill.

“The investment at these two establishments is part of a £77 million spend in East Renfrewshire education estate over the next three years and I’m tremendously excited at what this means for our children and young people, as well as their parents.”

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