On Friday, April 22, Cockburnspath Primary School hosted an open morning and were pleased to officially open their new nursery setting.
The whole school was open for visitors to look around the classrooms and see the high-quality provision available.
Demonstrations of a number of learning activities were provided as well as tours of the school, led by the Primary 7 pupils.
Children, parents and teachers have been celebrating the extensive work that has been undertaken at Cockburnspath to allow the creation of the first new local authority nursery in the Borders for 30 years.
Prior to the project’s beginnings last year, the nursery group in Cockburnspath had been making use of the church and village hall for their sessions.
After the desire of the community to bring the Nursery into the school was communicated to SBC’s education department Scottish Borders Council architects were tasked to deliver the project.
Two classrooms at the west end of the school were identified as the perfect location for the Early Years and Child Care centre and by forming a new opening through one of the existing windows on the gable a new dedicated entrance was created. The external play area is also located here to take full advantage of the south facing, sunny aspect of that part of school.
The end classroom has been turned into a bright, spacious play area with a new fit-for-purpose heating system, new floor coverings and re-decoration throughout.
The old double doors which connected the adjacent classroom have been removed to provide a free flowing, clean, modern ambience to the Centre. Leading to a completely new learning kitchen and play area the link continues through to the P1 pupils classroom to reflect in concrete terms, the start of the journey from Early Years to Secondary School.
A cloakroom, toilets and nappy change are provided in a zone between the main rooms and corridor while the school fire exit was upgraded to accessibility standards. On the other side of the corridor the school library was transformed from a drab, dilapidated space into a warm, inviting room.
The official opening ceremony was performed by retired, long-serving classroom assistant Judi Morrison, oldest pupil Joe McCabe and youngest pupil Lewis Simmons.