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Clermiston Primary officially opened its brand new nursery school at a ceremony yesterday. The £500,000 development will provide modern early years education facilities for three to five-year-olds in the area and has been funded by money made available as a result of the school closure process.

City Education Leader Cllr Marilyne MacLaren said:- “The early years of a child’s life are vital in their development so it’s fantastic to be in a position to open a brand new nursery in Edinburgh. It’s just one of many new facilities that we are developing in the city despite the difficult financial situation faced by the city.

“I’m determined that our major investment in the school buildings will continue. We are developing another nursery, building three new secondary schools and we’re looking forward to announcing a major programme of improvements to the school estate very soon.”

During the school closures process, Councillors made a commitment to re-invest resulting savings to improve facilities in schools where pupils from the closing schools were set to move.

The building has been developed to provide a bright and stimulating learning environment with learning spaces that can be used by teachers in a flexible way.

The nursery has spaces for 40 morning and 40 afternoon pupils which is an increase of 20 placements on the previous facility which was based within the school.