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New Moray nursery ready for August start

William McKay, Moray Council Architect; Bev Ashworth, Moray Council Nursery Manager; Dawn Marshall, Morrison Construction Site Manager; Robin Paterson, Senior Project Manager ELC Expansion at the new nursery.
William McKay, Moray Council Architect; Bev Ashworth, Moray Council Nursery Manager; Dawn Marshall, Morrison Construction Site Manager; Robin Paterson, Senior Project Manager ELC Expansion at the new nursery.

A new Moray nursery has been officially handed over to the local authority by contractor Morrison Construction.

The £2 million building marks a significant investment in the Forres area as part of the Scottish Government’s extension of funded Early Learning Care.

The new Pilmuir Nursery allows for the requirement to provide 1,140 hours of funded ELC for all three- and four-year-olds, and eligible two-year-olds.

This comes despite that demand having to be postponed due to the covid – 19 crisis.

Senior Project Manager for the ELC Expansion at Moray Council, Robin Paterson, said it was “exciting” that the nursery is ready for the start of term in August.

He added: “We’ll have a number of children re-joining us who have seen the construction progressing over the last two years as well as our new intake.

“We look forward to them exploring the light, airy and spacious building that has been fantastically designed for a modern ELC offering.

“Incorporating the outdoor learning space makes this an even more exciting learning environment and the staff team here will be ready with a warm welcome for the children to help them settle in to their new nursery.”

Site Manager, Dawn Marshall, from contractors Morrison Construction added: “Often our local authority projects are schools so it has been a very positive experience being involved in a new build for early years.”

Pilmuir Nursery Manager, Bev Ashworth added: “Morrison Construction have been wonderful to work with and have helped us involve the children at each stage of the construction of the new nursery.

“After the covid-19 lockdown experience we’re very excited to be re-opening in August with a brand new nursery”.

The newest nursery building in Forres will operate year round, giving parents and carers more opportunities to work, train or study.

The new building can hold up to 72 children and creatively utilises the outdoor space available.

The 1,1,40 hours of ELC equates to around 30 hours of funded ELC during term-time.

There are plans for building to be available for community use in evenings, however this is now on hold until the coronavirus pandemic threat has passed.

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