Time: 14:15 - 15:15
Date: Day 1
Achieving Equity and Quality in the ELC Learning Estate
Chair: Ann Jacob-Chandler, Scottish Futures Trust
Making best use of the existing ELC estate
North Ayrshire Council’s ELC Expansion Infrastructure Team focussed its capital investment on the refurbishment and extension of its existing early years estate and outdoor learning spaces. The investment is in line with both the Council’s and Scottish Government’s “use what we have” policy and was adopted specifically to provide greater equity in the quality of learning environments for all children. All 41 early years’ classes and centres have benefitted from significant enhancements to the learning environment which in most cases, included the provision of additional spaces. Only one new nursery is being established in Irvine which is in response to the additional demand created by the higher population density in the area and is being created through the re-purposing of an existing building.
Speakers: North Ayrshire Council
Working with public sector partners to deliver better community outcomes
Scots Corner Early Learning Centre is a new setting in Penicuik operated as a partnership between Midlothian Council and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The MoD community centre was built in 2005 and included early years accommodation but this was only used occasionally. The MoD were keen to revisit this space and approached the Council with a view to introduce an early learning and childcare service that met both the needs of their armed forces community and the wider community.
Working in consultation with both the armed forces and wider community, a strategic partnership group successfully designed a service delivery model that met the individual needs of children and families and offered quality, flexible, accessible, and affordable early learning, and childcare all year, from 7.30am until 5.30pm.
Speakers: Midlothian Council
Bringing unused assets back to life for community usage
The building chosen by East Lothian Council for one of its early learning and childcare centres was on the site of an infant’s school. While the upstairs section of the building was used by community groups, the ground floor had been unused for many years.
With the building dating from 1910, that meant the refurbishment was limited to what could be created from the rooms and space available. But with some creative planning and thinking, the building was developed into a light, airy and welcoming area creating two large playrooms and a community room.
Speaker: East Lothian Council