East Lothian Council

New early learning and childcare centre opens in Prestonpans

Published Tuesday 28th November 17

Children playing at the new Early Learning and Childcare Centre in Prestonpans

A new Early Learning and Childcare Centre in Prestonpans has opened its doors to its first intake of children.

Fiona Robertson, Head of Education at East Lothian Council, said:

“We are delighted that the Early Learning and Childcare Centre in Prestonpans is now open for business. The new centre provides much-needed additional nursery places for a growing local population, and will also serve as a centre for excellence where those interested in a career in childcare can spend time in support of their study and learning.”

The new Early Learning and Childcare Centre – formerly known as The Red School, sited next to Prestonpans Infants and Nursery School on West Loan – opened to children in November.  The building has benefited from a half a million pound refurbishment of its ground floor to provide nursery accommodation, and will initially provide nursery places for three and four year olds, before expanding to welcome two and three year olds who meet eligibility criteria. The centre will eventually be able to accommodate up to around 40 children. Children have space to enjoy different activities such as messy play or puzzles, play in the nurture corner or enjoy books in the quiet corner, while there is a safe play area to explore outdoors.

Councillor Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet Spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, added:

“It’s fantastic to see children now enjoying this new facility in Prestonpans. The opening of this new building closely follows the opening of the new extension at Law Primary School in North Berwick. Both of these projects are part of a wider council investment in new or expanded schools throughout East Lothian, and it’s great to see the real, positive impact of this investment.”

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