Forfar site identified for early learning and childcare centre

Published on Tuesday 12 June 2018

The site of the former Forfar Academy in Taylor Street has been confirmed as the location for a new purpose-built early learning and childcare centre.

Approval for where the centre will be situated was given by elected members at a recent meeting with early years and estates officers prior to the overall approval for a procurement authority report that will see two new centres built – one in Forfar, the other in Carnoustie.

The Carnoustie development will be built at Pitskelly Park and will provide for up to 205 children. The Taylor Street centre will accommodate up to 155 children.

Derek Wann, vice-convener of Children & Learning, said: “This is a fantastic addition to our Early Years Learning estate and is an important step in offering the service for all our young people. I look forward to this project getting underway and thereafter opening.”

Both centres are being delivered via £5.2million of Scottish Government funding and represent the biggest individual construction projects being undertaken as part of our Early Years Expansion Programme. They are complemented by development and refurbishment work being undertaken at other primary schools and nurseries in Angus.

The centres represent an investment in our children’s future. They will be created as a part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to expand the funded early learning and childcare entitlement for all three and four-year-olds, and eligible two-year-olds, from 600 hours to 1140 hours per year by August 2020.

The project will go out to tender to construction firms this summer. It is anticipated that the Carnoustie centre will be completed by late 2019, with the Forfar campus opening by mid-2020.