New nursery provision and schools add up for city

Councillors today welcomed the “wonderful modern provision” of early learning and childcare facilities across Aberdeen after officers updated the Capital Programme Committee on delivery.

New and refurbished buildings helped the Council meet its commitment of expanding funded early learning and childcare from 600 hours to 1,140 hours a year from August 2021.

The delivery of high quality play spaces is helping to meet targets in the Local Outcome Improvement Plan, ranging from health and wellbeing to educational goals.

The £23 million ELC programme comprises 27 projects, including eight new standalone facilities. As of work week ending 10 September, 24 projects have been completed and handed over, one is on site and two will be starting in the next month.

Committee convener councillor Marie Boulton said: “The programme has seen the delivery of brand-new buildings as well upgraded and reconfigured nurseries, with areas for outdoor learning.

“We’re also building our first two outdoor nurseries, at Hazlehead and Duthie Park.

“Thanks to the fantastic collaboration between the different council departments and our contractors, we have secured this wonderful provision for our city’s children, which is transforming lives.”

The committee was also updated on work to replace two schools as part of a £100 million new build programme, which also includes new primaries in Torry and Countesswells.

The new £21.9 million Milltimber Primary School is due to be completed in spring next year and will have capacity for 434 pupils and 60 early learning places, while the new £31.1 million Riverbank Primary School is on course to be ready in Summer 2023 and will have capacity for 651 pupils and 100 early learning places.

Education Operational Delivery Committee convener, Councillor M. Taqueer Malik, said: “Thanks to the council’s investment in new builds and upgrades, we are providing children with the very best learning environment.

“Guided by our dedicated teachers and educational practitioners, youngsters are enjoying the full benefits of these facilities, alongside the wider community.”

Photograph shows Gilcomstoun Primary ELC.