Plans for new Peterhead nursery revealed

Plans for a new nursery in Peterhead have been revealed.

By Kirstie Topp Local Democracy Reporter
Monday, 18th May 2020, 1:00 pm
Updated Monday, 18th May 2020, 1:02 pm
An artist's impression of how the new nursery would look.
An artist's impression of how the new nursery would look.

Aberdeenshire Council is proposing to build the nursery along with car parking, a service yard and outdoor play area on the Kinmundy playing fields in the Dales Park area.

Planning documents show that the new building would have three main playrooms, a quiet playroom, cloakroom, a sensory room and a low sensory room.

There would also be a parent’s room, medical room and a kitchen area.

The new nursery would enable Aberdeenshire Council to meet the Scottish Government’s Early Learning and Childcare core entitlement of 1140 hours.

The existing Dales Park School Nursery would be relocated to the new facility. The new nursery building would have the capacity to accommodate the existing children as well as additional space and capacity for more youngsters.

The current nursery space at the school would be converted back to classrooms offering additional teaching space.

The proposed nursery could offer capacity for up to 120 children.

In a Design and Access statement submitted with the application, Aberdeenshire Council states that the new building would be “fully accessible and designed to meet wide ranging children’s needs in line with Dales Park School’s existing Enhanced Provision status”.

The statement adds that the development would be “designed and delivered to maximise links and opportunities with a future Community Campus which could also be based at Kimnundy”.

Staff and parents have been discussing the Dales Park School Nursery project and the delivery of Early Learning and Childcare provision in Peterhead since 2018.