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New Busby Nursery will provide school pupils direct link to eco garden

Planning permission granted for purpose-built facility

Early Years expansion artists impression

Pupils at Busby Primary will enjoy direct access to the school's much-loved eco garden as part of plans to develop a new nursery on the site.

Planning permission was granted on Wednesday (January 16) for a new state-of-the-art building to be created within the school grounds, as part of the council's drive to deliver increased free childcare by August 2020.

The development will increase the number of free places available in Busby Nursery Class, as well as providing additional car parking and creating more space within the school building.

A total of 100 places are currently available across two buildings for Busby Nursery Class. 

Creating a bespoke 120-place facility will bring all children together in one, purpose-built space, with a dedicated outdoor play area for the nursery class.

It will also increase the available car parking, once the existing temporary modular facility is removed, and provide the school with additional classroom space as the rooms currently used by the nursery will no longer be needed for this use.

As well as building the nursery, a new link path will be created between the school playground and eco garden to connect the areas together and provide direct access to this space for the primary pupils.

This is in addition to the recently completed MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area), which is used every day on a rota basis during break times, with each year group having access at least once a week.

The creation of a new purpose-built Busby Nursery is part of the council's £23m investment to support our delivery of the increased level of free childcare required by August 2020. We are committed to providing the very best facilities for all our children and young people, to support their learning journey. The outdoor space which will be created as part of the nursery will provide a fantastic environment for our youngest learners to explore and enjoy. The new development will improve access to outdoor space by creating a direct link to the eco garden, allowing pupils to benefit from this area on a regular basis. Council Leader Tony Buchanan

Our nurseries are already extremely popular and building these new facilities will offer families more flexibility and choice when choosing their childcare. We will work closely with pupils at Busby Primary and Nursery as these plans progress to ensure their views help to shape the final design and layout of all aspects of this development. This is a positive step forward as the council prepares to introduce almost double the amount of free childcare for all three and four-year-olds by August next year. Councillor Paul O'Kane, Deputy Council Leader and Convener for Education