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    New Callander nursery praised by parents

    Written by on January 24, 2020

    Callander Nursery has completed its move into the former library at McLaren High School.

    The 10-week project, to convert it into a specialist facility, cost more than £500,000.

    It’s to help with the rollout of the Scottish Government’s new childcare programme.

    The scheme will double the amount of hours available for pre-school kids.

    Stirling Councillor Susan McGill commented, “The new facility looks absolutely fantastic and has been completed to the highest possible standards, ensuring children will benefit from first-class care and a wide range of learning and play opportunities.

    “By relocating locally to McLaren High, importantly, we are giving children continued access to their provision locally in an improved, inclusive environment.”

    Photography by Whyler Photos of Stirling

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    A recent parent survey praised the nursery’s ‘fantastic’ indoor and outdoor spaces.

    Its accessibility was also rated highly.

    Councillor Christine Simpson added, “It’s hugely encouraging to read these comments from parents on the new nursery and, having visited this fabulous facility, I share their sentiments.

    “This hugely impressive space will allow staff to deliver the extended hours in a safe, secure and nurturing environment to give our children the best start in life.”

    Childcare Increase

    All 3 and 4 year olds – and eligible two year olds – are currently entitled to 600 hours of funded ELC a year.

    From August 2020, this will increase to 1140 hours.

    Local counils are already phasing this in for some children in their area.