Boost For Nurseries

By bellmannews / April 2, 2020
the imposing sandstone facade of Arduthie School

A GREEN light has been given to proposals for £850,000 of investment to enhance and improve the Nursery provision in the area – including two in Stonehaven.

Those that are to benefit are Mill O Forest, Arduthie, Fettercairn, Laurencekirk, Newtonhill and St Cyrus.

This was decided by Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee on 24 March when councillors approved an update to the Education and Children’s Services Directorate’s 2020/21 work plan.

Speaking after the meeting, committee chairwoman Councillor Wendy Agnew said: “These projects will deliver enhancements to the facilities available for children, including upgrades to outdoor learning and play spaces.”

The councillors’ decision was to support the on-going rollout and development of Early Years provision in Aberdeenshire and the commencement of 1140 hours expansion – but in light of the Covid-19, the Scottish Government has announced local authorities will no longer be legally obliged to deliver 1140 hours of funded childcare from this August.

And while all works were hoped to be complete by the end of 2020, they will likely be affected by restrictions caused by the pandemic.