New early learning centre welcomes VIPs

Scots Corner first day

With the early years resources and carefully selected furniture in place, the new staff team at Scots Corner Early Learning and Childcare Centre (ELC) have created a fantastic learning space ready to welcome some VIPs – the children and families!

Open early to late

A joint project between the council and local battalion 2 SCOTS, the ELC within Scots Corner community centre in Penicuik, officially opened on Monday 3 February. It will be open 49 weeks a year from 7.30am to 6pm.

Delivering 1140 hours of early learning

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Jim Muirhead said: “Staff have been working extremely hard with 2 SCOTS to refurbish the space and get the staff settled.

For military and non-military families

“It’s great to be able to now open the doors and welcome the children and families from both military and non-military families.

A flagship project

“The Scots Corner ELC is one of our flagship projects that will see all three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds benefit from up to 1140 hours of high-quality early learning free to families by August 2020.

Places still available

“At Scots Corner, the 1140 hours are already on offer and the great news is there are still places available for eligible two-year-olds and all three and four-year-olds so please apply now.”

Partnership working

Lieutenant Colonel Oli Dobson, the Commanding Officer of 2 SCOTS said: “This is a very exciting project where 2 SCOTS Welfare Team and Army Welfare Service have been working in partnership with Midlothian Council and other MOD stakeholders. 2 SCOTS has an excellent relationship with Midlothian Council through the Armed Forces Covenant and this project is an example of how we can work together for the benefit of both our own and the local community – I am very keen for as many of our 2 SCOTS families as possible to take up the opportunity to benefit from this new, on-site nursery.”

For eligible 2-year-olds too

Parents and carers of three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds will be offered 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare at the centre with the opportunity to pay for hours over and above those.

Over the moon

Mum Jessica Sanderson said her four-year-old Esmée couldn’t wait to get to Scots Corner for her first day. She had visited the centre before the refurbishments so when she saw the transformation she was “over the moon”, says her mum.

Apply now

To apply for a place, drop in to the centre to pick up an application form at: Scots Corner Community Centre, Blackhall Terrace, Penicuik, EH26 0EW

In the picture

Pictured from left to right are: Skylar, 3, Childcare Development Worker Laurie Doonan, Esmée, 4, and her mum Jessica Sanderson.

5 Feb 2020