Barrhead Nursery Receives Top Marks at Official Opening Ceremony

A NEW crèche at a Barrhead school has received top marks from advisers.

An official opening ceremony took place today in the crèche building linked to Cross Arthurlie Primary School.

Invited guests were treated to a performance by members of the choir before the nursery’s ‘dance superstars’ took center stage for a special performance.

Although the kindergarten class has been open for 18 months, this special occasion has given staff and children a chance to show all attendees how much they love their new building.

Councilor Andrew Anderson, Education Officer for East Renfrewshire, unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

He said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to unveil a commemorative plaque to officially mark the opening of this wonderful facility.

“The quality of the design and the quality of the work in creating this modern and inspiring nursery is evident.

“Careful and innovative building design is important to help create the best conditions to provide excellent learning experiences for children and teaching staff – and this nursery does just that.”

A total of six new nurseries have been opened in East Renfrewshire as part of the council’s commitment to expanding early learning and care.

Local authorities previously offered 600 free hours per year, but this figure has been increased to 1,140 hours by the Scottish Government, which is effectively an increase of 30 hours per week.

This corresponds to the time children spend each week in primary school.

As well as the nursery class at Cross Arthurlie Primary, the other new crèches replace the Glenwood Family Centre, new centers on the grounds of Busby Primary and Eaglesham Primary, Overlee Family Center and Crookfur Family Centre.

Dora W. Clawson