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Proposal to extend Busby Nursery set to be submitted

Plans part of wider early years expansion preparation

Busby Primary

Busby Primary School's nursery class could be doubled in size as part of the council's ongoing preparation for extending early years provision across the area.

The proposal, which will be formally submitted for planning permission in the coming weeks, would increase the number of places available to 120 from Spring 2018.

This move is part of the council's approach to meeting the Scottish Government's commitment to increase the free early learning and childcare provision provided by local authorities to 1140 hours by 2020.

A two-phase redevelopment approach is being put forward, which would initially see the current school car park extended and a temporary structure put in place to accommodate the additional 60 children.

The structure which would be utilised was previously used as Cart Mill Family Centre, prior to the completion of the new purpose-built facility in Clarkston.

Funding of £500,000 has been secured from the Scottish Government to carry out this phase of the expansion project at Busby Primary, which would also include improved drop-off and parking.

In phase two of the project it is being proposed that a purpose-built nursery facility is created on the grounds at Busby Primary, providing a modern early years setting for 120 children within one building.

We are committed to providing the very best learning environment for all of our children and young people, from early years right through to secondary. This proposal for Busby Primary's nursery provision will help the council to meet the extended hours of early years provision by August 2020. By creating additional provision at Busby it will allow us to offer greater flexibility and accessibility to parents from Spring 2018 and the plans will be delivered in partnership with the school, pupils and parents. It is also important to reassure parents that the existing nursery class provision will be unaffected and remain within the existing accommodation at present. Mhairi Shaw Director of Education

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