Paisley Daily Express

Kids settle in to new nursery hub

Youngsters and staff love purpose-built Houston centre

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Youngsters across Renfrewshi­re are this month settling into new purpose- built nurseries as the expansion of early years continues across the area.

New facilities have opened in Houston Primary and in the Lochfield area of Paisley and those aged three to five have been getting to grips with their new, impressive surroundin­gs.

Today the staff in Houston are telling the Express the benefits of the new space.

The two new depute heads, Laura Anderson and Helen Greenhorn, say the building in Crosslee Road has lots for wee ones to discover, get creative, use their imaginatio­n and learn social skills.

Laura said: “Preparing to move into the new building was hectic but everyone was excited by the new building.

“Seeing the children’s reactions on the first day was magical.

“They had watched the building take shape for so long and to finally get inside was a special day for everyone involved.”

Helen, like Laura, had a wealth of experience in local nurseries and applied for the management role last year.

She too was delighted to welcome children into the new building.

She said: “I was also excited by the opportunit­y to set up a new purpose-built nursery and further extend the team’s knowledge and learning opportunit­ies.

“The new building has exceeded my expectatio­ns and I am excited by the opportunit­ies it brings to the team and children’s learning experience­s.”

Head teacher of Houston Primary Jennifer Murray said that when the team found out they were getting a new nursery, it was very exciting.

“Our new building has surpassed all expectatio­ns,” she said.

“Our staff and children have been eager to make the most of their new learning environmen­t.

“The indoor and outdoor facilities offer rich and exciting learning experience­s for our children for many, many years to come.”

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