Provost of­fi­cially opens ex­tended Bervie Nurs­ery

● Cer­e­mony marks cul­mi­na­tion of am­bi­tious £1.9 mil­lion project

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY ALAS­TAIR GOS­SIP

Anew ex­ten­sion at a north-east nurs­ery has been of­fi­cially opened by the Provost of Aberdeen­shire.

Bervie Nurs­ery has been able to of­fer more places to chil­dren af­ter the com­ple­tion of £1.9 mil­lion of con­struc­tion work.

Provost and Mearns coun­cil­lor Bill Howat­son un­veiled a spe­cial plaque to mark the oc­ca­sion yes­ter­day.

The project added an en­tirely new build­ing to the Church Street site, boast­ing an ad­di­tional class­room and larger din­ing room.

The ex­ten­sion, at­tached to In­ver­bervie’s pri­mary school, has boosted the num­ber of avail­able places to 60.

Provost Howat­son said: “It has been a priv­i­lege to of­fi­cially open this ex­ten­sion in my ward.

“It is yet an­other up­grade to our school es­tate.

“We want to give chil­dren the best pos­si­ble start in life and fa­cil­i­ties such as this as­sist the coun­cil in achiev­ing this aim.

“Gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren will learn, play, make friends and share meals in these ex­cel­lent new fa­cil­i­ties.

“I would like to thank all the coun­cil ser­vices in­volved as well as Ban­con Con­struc­tion for work­ing to­gether to com­plete this mag­nif­i­cent ex­ten­sion.”

He added: “The coun­cil takes great pride in in­vest­ing and up­grad­ing its schools so that they can be en­joyed not just by the pupils, staff and par­ents but, in many cases, the com­mu­nity as well.”

The ex­ten­sion was one of 15 cap­i­tal projects in schools and nurs­eries com­pleted by Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil over the sum­mer, at a cost of about £2.4 mil­lion.

And the lo­cal au­thor­ity has promised an­other £1.7 mil­lion will be spent as it works to meet Scot­tish Govern­ment de­mands for an in­crease in early learn­ing and child­care hours across the coun­try.

The Ed­u­ca­tion and Chil­dren’s Ser­vices Com­mit­tee chair­woman on Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil, Gil­lian Owen, added: “With the ex­pan­sion of pro­vi­sion of nurs­ery places at the fore­front of the na­tional po­lit­i­cal and news agenda cur­rently, the of­fi­cial open­ing of the ex­ten­sion to Bervie Nurs­ery could not be bet­ter timed. Learn­ing and play are so im­por­tant for chil­dren’s de­vel­op­ment as our play strat­egy demon­strates so these new fa­cil­i­ties will play such an im­por­tant part in our chil­dren grow­ing in the years ahead.

“One of the most pleas­ing as­pects of my role is wit­ness­ing the in­vest­ment that has gone into our school es­tate to trans­form it into a mod­ern en­vi­ron­ment where chil­dren and teach­ers alike can thrive.”

Pho­to­graphs by Scott Bax­ter

ALL SMILES: Young pupils Oliver and Theo show their de­light as they set­tle in to their new nurs­ery ex­ten­sion.

Head teacher Heather Grant with Provost Bill Howat­son

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