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Council leaders hail new nurseries for expanded Early Learning and Childcare hours

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WORK is well underway at a number of sites across Aberdeen City as part of the £23 million nursery development project.

City Council co-leaders Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden visited Seaton as preparations take shape for the rollout of extended Early Years Learning and Childcare hours later this year.

Work, which is being carried out by Robertson, is taking place at 27 sites in the city and includes new nurseries, extensions or re-modelling.

Councillor Laing said: “We are committed to providing the very best starts in life for our children and young people and that is why we are making a huge investment in new and upgraded nurseries across the city.

“We are not only delivering on our duty to provide expanded Early Years Learning and Childcare hours but we are ensuring that children receive this enhanced offering in the best facilities and settings possible.”

Councillor Lumsden said: “Our ambition, right from the outset, has been to support  children’s educational development, close the poverty-related attainment gap, and to support families in a local setting.

“With first class facilities, including innovative learning settings such as the forthcoming outdoor facility at Duthie Park, we are well on the way to achieving this. In addition to our £23 million investment in the new building works we are also making £1 million in grants available to partner providers to create additional capacity.”

Robertson Eastern business development director, John McHardy, said:  “These new early years learning facilities will play a crucial role in giving children the best possible start in education and we’re pleased, once again, to be working in partnership with the council.”

The provision of funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) is to increase from 600 hours to 1,140 hours by August 2020.

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