Council sets out plan for five new nurseries

Council sets out plan for five new nurseries

£23m plans to build five new nurseries in East Renfrewshire have been submitted by the council.

The facilities, which will all operate as family centres providing childcare for 50 weeks of the year, are planned to be open by August 2020.

With the council required to provide increased free childcare for all three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds by 2020, the new nurseries will play a significant part in delivering this.

Local authorities currently provide 600 free hours a year and this will increase to 1,140, which is in effect a rise to 30 hours per week, matching the time children spend each week in primary school.

The plans for the new nurseries propose creating a centre within Overlee Park, one to replace the outdated Crookfur Pavilion, a replacement for Glenwood Family Centre on an adjacent site, and two new centres within the grounds of Busby and Eaglesham primaries.

Councillor Paul O’Kane, Convener for Education and Equalities, said: “It is extremely exciting to have reached this milestone in our ambitious early years expansion plan. The sites of the proposed new family centres were carefully chosen as we aim to provide green and natural environments for our children so they have the best opportunities for quality exploration and learning experiences indoors and out. By offering parents various options of how to utilise their free childcare allocations, the facilities will provide more flexibility and choice which I’m sure will be welcomed by all.”

As part of the work to create new nursery facilities the council is also proposing to incorporate improved community and sports facilities within two of the centres.

The existing Crookfur and Overlee pavilions are both in need of significant improvements, and will benefit from being included in these new facilities.

At Crookfur, the plan is to replace the existing pavilion with a 120 place nursery and sports changing rooms. A hall space will also be included which will be available to the whole community. In addition, the public playground will be upgraded and there will be additional car parking created.

The family centre proposed for within Overlee Park would be created on an area of disused ground behind the current pavilion. It is planned to carry out two phases of work, first building a 120 place nursery and then creating a sports changing facility in a separate section of the building, which will further enhance the facilities within the park. A community hall space will also be created as well as additional car parking.

Once this early years, sports and community hub has been built the council then propose to demolish the dilapidated old pavilion and landscape the area to enhance the park further.

Part of the old pavilion is currently closed up and home to hundreds of bats, so the council is also proposing to build a new bat house provision so that the creatures are not disturbed.

A 120 place nursery will be built within the grounds of Busby Primary to replace the temporary facility currently in place. As part of the development a new multi-use games area (MUGA) will be built, as well as new landscaped play areas for pupils.

The plan for Eaglesham Primary is to build a 120 place nursery within the grounds of the school with a corridor linking it to the main building. This would replace the existing 60 place nursery class within the school and improved parking and drop-off facilities would also be created.

A single-storey replacement facility is proposed for Glenwood Family Centre to provide a larger and more modern learning environment. The building has been designed to take advantage of the fantastic outdoor learning opportunities within Eastwood Park, with consideration given to the final car park design to ensure mature trees are maintained.

Other existing nurseries will also be developed as part of the expansion plan, with a further £3.3m being invested to create a new 60 place nursery class extension at Cross Arthurlie Primary, plus improved facilities at Hazeldene Family centre, Carolside Nursery Class and Braidbar Nursery Class.

Some families are already accessing increased free childcare places, with provision available within Arthurlie Family Centre, Isobel Mair Family Centre, Braidbar Nursery Class and Busby Nursery Class.

Until the Council’s expansion plan is fully implemented, access to these places is limited and so criteria are in place to identify children who are eligible to benefit.

For more detail about the council’s roll-out of increased free childcare provision, go to the council’s website.

Last Updated: 28 September 2018 9:52

Latest Local News

Kind hearted council staff donate to East Renfrewshire Foodbank

Kind hearted council staff donate to East Renfrewshire Foodbank

Staff at East Renfrewshire Council recently donated 233kg of food to the East Renfrewshire Foodbank.
Last Updated: 11th December 2018
Communities benefit from City Deal business centre

Communities benefit from City Deal business centre

A range of community benefits have been secured by East Renfrewshire Council as part of the construction of Greenlaw Business Centre in Newton Mearns, a Glasgow City Region City Deal funded project.
Last Updated: 6th December 2018
Irn Bru Carnival Competition Terms & Conditions

Irn Bru Carnival Competition Terms & Conditions

We have a fab festive giveaway for you, thanks to the Irn Bru Carnival, Europe's largest indoor funfair!
Last Updated: 6th December 2018
Scream if you want to go faster!

Scream if you want to go faster!

Buckle up as Europe's largest indoor funfair, The IRN-BRU Carnival returns to the SEC, Glasgow this festive season – promising to be bigger and better than ever before!
Last Updated: 3rd December 2018
Eastwood Park Theatre is ready for the return of the beanstalk!

Eastwood Park Theatre is ready for the return of the beanstalk!

Eastwood Park Theatre is ready for the return of the beanstalk!
Last Updated: 3rd December 2018
Edinburgh Tattoo announces tickets for 2019 Kaleidoscope showcase on now on sale

Edinburgh Tattoo announces tickets for 2019 Kaleidoscope showcase on now on sale

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returns from 2-24th August and tickets for its 2019 showcase are on sale from 10am today.
Last Updated: 3rd December 2018
Give the gift of adventure this Christmas with Go Ape

Give the gift of adventure this Christmas with Go Ape

Go Ape is encouraging Scots to think twice about traditional stocking staples and consider the gift of an unforgettable experience this Christmas.
Last Updated: 30th November 2018
Kick off for new sports pitch at Barrhead High

Kick off for new sports pitch at Barrhead High

A brand new state-of-the-art sports pitch and running track has been unveiled at the old Barrhead High site on Aurs Road.
Last Updated: 30th November 2018
Learn 2 Swim with East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

Learn 2 Swim with East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure is offering free swim assessments with its Learn 2 Swim programme, to make sure your child can splash straight into lessons suited to their ability.
Last Updated: 27th November 2018
The 1975 announced as headliners for Glasgow Summer Sessions 2019!

The 1975 announced as headliners for Glasgow Summer Sessions 2019!

Glasgow Summer Sessions today announce The 1975 as a headliner for Glasgow Summer Sessions 2019 who will be joined by Twin Atlantic, You Me At Six, Pale Waves, Ten Tonnes and No Rome!
Last Updated: 26th November 2018
Final nominees for 2018 SSE Scottish Music Awards announced

Final nominees for 2018 SSE Scottish Music Awards announced

2018’s SSE Scottish Music Awards have today announced the final nominees for this year’s 20th ceremony, with The Script, Frightened Rabbit and Gary Clark all up for awards.
Last Updated: 23rd November 2018
Edinburgh Playhouse Will Open 20th Anniversary New UK Tour Of Mamma Mia

Edinburgh Playhouse Will Open 20th Anniversary New UK Tour Of Mamma Mia

The worldwide smash hit musical Mamma Mia! will return to Edinburgh Playhouse from 19th - 28th September to open the Mamma Mia! 20th Anniversary Tour.
Last Updated: 22nd November 2018
Foo Fighters announced as headliners for Glasgow Summer Sessions 2019!

Foo Fighters announced as headliners for Glasgow Summer Sessions 2019!

Glasgow Summer Sessions reveal one of the biggest bands in the world to headline 2019's event... Foo Fighters!
Last Updated: 21st November 2018
Refugee crisis: A local charity tackle inequality through education

Refugee crisis: A local charity tackle inequality through education

The Bakhsh Foundation is a not-for profit organisation which aims to empower refugees and asylum seekers who have had to flee their home countries due to conflict, persecution or natural disaster.
Last Updated: 14th November 2018
Flip Out unveils year two of its school scheme, offering 10,000 hours of free jumping

Flip Out unveils year two of its school scheme, offering 10,000 hours of free jumping

Flip Out Glasgow has unveiled year two of its initiative for schools, offering 10,000 hours of free jumping to primary and secondary pupils across Greater Glasgow.
Last Updated: 14th November 2018
Mums and daughters make perfect fitness partners

Mums and daughters make perfect fitness partners

Female family members are being encouraged to keep fit together at East Renfrewshire's weekly Active Women and Girls classes.
Last Updated: 14th November 2018
Names of WW1 Fallen to illuminate Scottish Parliament as mark of respect

Names of WW1 Fallen to illuminate Scottish Parliament as mark of respect

The names of all those who died serving on behalf of Scotland in the First World War will be projected onto the Scottish Parliament building on Sunday 11 November 2018.
Last Updated: 2nd November 2018
Explore the Christmas markets with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts

Explore the Christmas markets with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts

Nothing signals the beginning of the festive season quite like the arrival of a Christmas market!
Last Updated: 1st November 2018
Over 30,000 people attend the annual Paisley Halloween Festival!

Over 30,000 people attend the annual Paisley Halloween Festival!

An estimated crowd of 34,000 flocked to Paisley for a Halloween spectacle at the weekend with amazing floats, flying witches and a Mardi-Gras style parade!
Last Updated: 29th October 2018
Celtic Connections 2019 Programme Announced

Celtic Connections 2019 Programme Announced

Musicians from across the globe will take part in over 300 events across Glasgow for the largest winter music festival of its kind and the UK's premier celebration of Celtic music, Celtic Connections!
Last Updated: 25th October 2018
Top Scottish talent announced for original Christmas show at Eastwood Park Theatre

Top Scottish talent announced for original Christmas show at Eastwood Park Theatre

Eastwood Park Theatre has announced the cast line up for its original Christmas show, featuring top Scottish talent including a local Netflix star and CBeebies favourite!
Last Updated: 25th October 2018
VisitScotland launches a new Ghost Trail of Scotland in time for Halloween!

VisitScotland launches a new Ghost Trail of Scotland in time for Halloween!

Scotland’s bloody past has left its mark on the country in the form of a new Ghost Trail created by VisitScotland!
Last Updated: 23rd October 2018
East Renfrewshire electrical apprentice joins Stewart Milne Group

East Renfrewshire electrical apprentice joins Stewart Milne Group

Stewart Milne Group has recruited nine new apprentices including Mark Bryden (18) from Giffnock into its expanding homes division in Central Scotland.
Last Updated: 23rd October 2018
Gear Up as Resonate Total Gaming arrives in Glasgow

Gear Up as Resonate Total Gaming arrives in Glasgow

Scotland’s largest gaming event, Resonate Total Gaming, returns to SEC, Glasgow this week from 19 - 21 October promising the ultimate gaming experience.
Last Updated: 17th October 2018
Happy 80th Birthday, Beano

Happy 80th Birthday, Beano

Long-standing comic Beano turned 80 this year and continues to break the record for longest-running comic published weekly with every issue.
Last Updated: 10th October 2018
Indepen Dance is back out on the road with the award winning show, Four Go Wild in Wellies

Indepen Dance is back out on the road with the award winning show, Four Go Wild in Wellies

Glasgow's leading inclusive dance organisation, return home to start its Autumn tour of Four Go Wild in Wellies on Thursday 18th October!
Last Updated: 9th October 2018
Get involved with Fun Palaces Scotland this weekend 6th and 7th October

Get involved with Fun Palaces Scotland this weekend 6th and 7th October

Come join our free Fun Palaces all across Scotland celebrating culture in the community this weekend!
Last Updated: 5th October 2018
Celebrate World Porridge Day on October 10th!

Celebrate World Porridge Day on October 10th!

Mary’s Meals is inviting people to celebrate World Porridge Day on Wednesday, 10 October, by supporting its Porridge Smiles campaign!
Last Updated: 4th October 2018
Things that go Zip in the Night

Things that go Zip in the Night

Go Ape Aberfoyle is inviting adventurers to experience the forest after hours and take on the challenge of one of Britain’s longest zipwires with just the moon for light.
Last Updated: 4th October 2018
Top Tribute Nights at Eastwood Park Theatre

Top Tribute Nights at Eastwood Park Theatre

A series of terrific tribute nights are set to take the stage at Eastwood Park Theatre this autumn!
Last Updated: 4th October 2018

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Elf Hunt & Santa’s Challenge
The elves have all gone missing! Santa needs your help to find them hiding in the woodland around Greenbank Garden!
Magical Winter Trail
Take a stroll with the family in Eastwood Park amid frosty twigs and twinkling lights on this Magical Winter Trail!
Christmas Craft Market
Featuring local craft makers and sellers, you will find some lovely gifts for Christmas and indulge in a little treat for yourself at the same time at Greenbank Garden's Christmas Craft Market!
Jack and the Beanstalk II: Return of the Farmer
Created exclusively for East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, a brand new Christmas story full of music, magic and, of course, beans is coming to Eastwood Park Theatre this festive season!
ProAcademy Training Camp
Get your kids something different this Christmas, get them a day at ProAcademy Training Camp, providing the best quality football coaching for kids of all ages and abilities!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »