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Mortlach Nursery gets revamp


By Alistair Whitfield

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Mortlach Nursery in Dufftown has been given a new lease of life with a £184,000 investment.

The Morrison Construction-led refurbishment started in the summer holidays, with the official opening taking place yesterday.

Willow Coutts cuts the ribbon to let her friends into the building.
Willow Coutts cuts the ribbon to let her friends into the building.

For the first time children have direct access to their nursery rather than having to enter through the school.

In addition the playground has been modernised and now includes picnic benches made by the Dufftown firm Joseph Brown Vats.

The children’s toilets and kitchen area have also been upgraded.

Mitch Fraser, the nursery's manager said: "This has been a fantastic modernisation, which the children and staff will continue to improve on by adding their own touch of magic."

Next year Mortlach is due to offer 1,140 hours annually to three and four year-olds as part of the Scottish Government’s expansion of early learning and childcare (ELC),

Robin Paterson is Moray Council's senior project manager for the ELC expansion.

He said: "Following the completion of our new-build nurseries at Cullen and Pilmuir, the opening of the refurbished nursery at Mortlach demonstrates our commitment to providing a quality ELC experience for all children living in Moray, including those in our more rural communities."



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