Ben­e­fits of new nurs­ery

East Kilbride News - - E@ST KILBRIDE VIEW -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

As a for­mer res­i­dent of West­wood­hill, I was sur­prised to hear that there were ob­jec­tions to the idea of build­ing a com­mu­nity nurs­ery on the site of the foot­ball pitches.

I of­ten used the chil­dren’s park at the side of the pitches and ob­served that they were gen­er­ally de­serted.

Friends have com­plained to me about the high in­ci­dence of dog dirt on the pitches and I won­der in what man­ner this serves the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Nat­u­rally, any plans to change a lo­cal­ity should be prop­erly re­searched and res­i­dents views taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, and it is grat­i­fy­ing to see that a lo­cal coun­cil­lor is un­der­tak­ing a sur­vey of con­cerns.

My un­der­stand­ing is that there is a pro­posal to build a com­mu­nity nurs­ery which will place 50 vul­ner­a­ble twoyear-olds and 160 three- and four-year-a old chil­dren.

The ben­e­fits of a nurs­ery ed­u­ca­tion are well known. Nurs­ery pro­motes equal­ity for chil­dren and teaches mu­tual re­spect re­gard­less of fi­nan­cial back­ground. It al­lows chil­dren to de­velop so­cial and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and learn about risk as­sess­ment.

Chil­dren learn phys­i­cal and men­tal com­petance through play and pre­pare for the tran­si­tion to school life.

Mod­ern nurs­eries place a high pri­or­ity on out­door play in green spa­ces and coun­cils are aware of this need.

In ad­di­tion, nurs­ery ed­u­ca­tion for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren can pro­vide respite from ad­verse child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences. The roll out of ex­tended nurs­ery ed­u­ca­tion leads to lo­cal jobs be­ing cre­ated and gives par­ents an op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue work out­side the home. This pro­posal has so much to of­fer the com­mu­nity, not just in the short term, but a last­ing trans­for­ma­tion in young chil­dren’s lives.

The cit­i­zens who will pros­per from the nurs­ery site will be par­ents and grand­par­ents from East Kil­bride, but es­pe­cially our chil­dren.

Jackie Har­ris, via email

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