At a recent Education board meeting local councillors have approved plans to expand nursery provision from 600 to 1140 hours. The plans announced include four new build nurseries in Renfrewshire within Bishopton, Houston, Renfrew, and Hawkhead as well as the refurbishment or extension of over twenty other nurseries in Renfrewshire.
The Scottish Government committed to the expansion of early learning hours by 2020 and to support this, Renfrewshire has been allocated £14 million of funding to deliver these infrastructure projects and a further £22.5 million for running costs.
Natalie Don, SNP local councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank has welcomed the plans which will see a new build nursery built in Dargavel, Bishopton as well as the refurbishment of Bridge of Weir Early learning and childcare centre.
“This is great news for Bishopton. While a location has not yet been confirmed, the works will include construction of a single storey Early Learning Centre with facilities for external learning, covered play areas, parking and service provisions.”
“The Dargavel development is growing every day and it is vital that we have the services there to support the development. Already underway are plans for a new primary school set for 2021, a new motorway slip scheduled for 2020 as well as a new health centre and retail units coming soon. The introduction of this brand new nursery goes one step further in ensuring that local people have the services they require. This will be a great support for many local people and a boost to childcare in the area. ”
“The SNP’s expansion of childcare is the most significant expansion of childcare and early years ever seen in Scotland, doubling free provision to 30 hours a week by 2020. A lot of work has gone into this expansion and the paper approved at the Education Board is another significant step forward.”