The new, purpose-built centres are part of the council's commitment to expand ELC and were built via Scottish Government funding.

The Taylor Street centre in Forfar has accommodation for up to 155 children, while the Carnoustie centre at Pitskelly Park for up to 205 children. Both centres boast a variety of spaces include large playrooms; smaller breakout rooms; sensory rooms; changing places; and staff accommodation for children attending both the Angus Council operated facilities and separate playgroups. An emphasis has been placed on outdoor space, creating diverse safe play areas which will both engage and educate. In the entrance area of the Carnoustie centre, when children leave their respective adults they can travel downstairs by the main staircase or a chute.

Angus Council's Children and Learning Convener, Councillor Derek Wann said:

"With the expansion of the funded early learning and childcare entitlement for all three and four-year-olds, and eligible two-year-olds, these new centres means more children will not only benefit from the high quality educational opportunities that brings, but also the increased flexibility available to families.

"They are fantastic buildings and are incredible environments for children to learn in, giving them the best start in life."

Kevin Dickson, regional managing director, Robertson Construction Tayside, said: "Angus Council's commitment to providing 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare is one step closer with the delivery of these new facilities.  These first-class centres that have been provided will further enhance the learning experience for these children before they commence their primary school education.  We are delighted to have delivered these facilities, and to be Angus Council and hub East Central Scotland's construction delivery partner."

Gary Bushnell, Chief Executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: "We are proud to have delivered two high quality learning facilities for Angus Council that have such an important place within the communities. Everyone on the project team worked incredibly hard to overcome the challenges of COVID 19 and deliver the centre to the highest standards."

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