Excited pupils, parents and staff are celebrating the opening of the new Early Childhood Centre at Lainshaw Primary.
Delivered in less than six months and costing £610k, the modern, state-of-the-art extension for early learning and childcare is a superb single-storey building, with large picture windows providing bright, attractive learning and teaching accommodation for little ones and their teachers.
It sits beside the existing Early Childhood Centre and will provide specially designed accommodation for 2-3 year old children, giving them their own entrance to help them feel safe and secure within their new environment.
Guests, parents staff and the young pupils were welcomed to the ceremony by Alan Ward, East Ayrshire Council’s Head of Education who said: “The importance of education, especially in a child’s early years cannot be overstated and, even at such a young age, the impact a good education can have can be lifelong.
“As educators, our aim is to make sure every child, no matter what their background, has the opportunity to succeed on their journey through school.
“Those first steps on that journey start here in the new Lainshaw ECC.”
He then invited Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council to officially open the new building.
Councillor Douglas Reid said: “Early Years and early intervention is an educational priority for the Council. Evidence shows that the attainment gap starts from just two years of age and we’re responding by changing our education management structure to help close that gap.
“In the years ahead, we’ll be working harder than ever to reinvigorate the relationships we have with parents, communities, staff and our learners, to create positive and supportive environments, which encourage, stimulate and inspire everyone to achieve their very best.
“That commitment starts from a child’s first day in education, right through to their last and it gives me great pleasure to officially open the Lainshaw ECC and say a very warm ‘welcome’ to a new generation of young learners.”