Our youngest learners celebrated the official opening of Cairns Early Childhood Centre extension in style with a wonderful musical performance before Willie Coffey MSP unveiled a plaque featuring the children’s artwork.
The children sang ‘Incy Wincy Spider’, ‘Wheels on the bus’ with a modern twist, the mums on the bus were texting not chatting; ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ and the favourite song of the day was ‘Digging in the Garden’. The children enthusiastically pretended to dig the early childhood centre garden and rake the leaves.
The modern single storey £600,000 extension, which is part of the Council’s ambitious £500m capital improvement programme, provides a bright, attractive learning environment for the children and their teachers.
The new facility, which was built by the main contractor AKP Scotland Ltd, provides specially designed accommodation for 2 year old children.
Willie Coffey was joined at the official opening by Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council; Councillor Fiona Campbell, Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning, Councillor Tom Cook and Councillor Maureen McKay.
He said: “Early Years and early intervention is an educational priority for East Ayrshire Council. Evidence shows that the attainment gap starts from just two years of age. That is why it is essential that our very youngest learners have facilities which fit their needs.
“I was delighted to unveil the colourful plaque, which really suits the modern facility, and to officially open Cairns Early Childhood Centre extension. The extension will benefit the community now and into the future.”
Councillor Douglas Reid said: “The extension to Cairns Early Childhood Centre provides facilities specially designed for two year olds. There is a bright and airy playroom, a quiet room for when the little ones need a rest and toilet and nappy changing facilities.
“This new facility is already making a difference to the little ones and their teachers. Our aim is to make sure every child, no matter what their background, has the opportunity to succeed on their journey through school.”