Two new early years centres are coming to Falkirk, allowing places for 90 children and creating 18 new jobs.
St Margaret’s Primary in Polmont and Kinneil Primary in Bo’ness will welcome infants aged from six weeks to five years and will be open from 8am to 6pm all year round.
The centres are flexible for parents that work in education, offering term time nursery placements and all staff are fully trained.
The childcare places are possible thanks to an extension at the Polmont school while Kinneil have utilised unused space in the building to create the new nursery.
Councillor Alan Nimmo, spokesperson for education welcomed the new places. He said: “We strive to support working families with young children and these new campuses in the Lower Braes and Bo’ness council wards will provide additional places.
“These childcare places provide parents with flexibility to access employment or training opportunities as well as supporting young children’s development and learning.”
The new centres have 20 places for babies, 38 places for two year olds and 32 places for 3-5 year olds.
There were previously only five Falkirk nurseries able to take babies and competition to get a place was fierce with waiting lists stretching to months or even years and many parents forced to look to private nurseries, which are often more expensive and less flexible.
The Scottish Government extended the number of free hours for three and fours year olds to 16 hours a week from 12.5 hours with two-year-olds also eligible if their parents receive specific benefits. The extra hours created a strain on the council nursery places and local authority had to look at ways to create spaces.
Both St Margarets and Kinneil are accepting applications for nursery spaces now, available from www.falkirk.gov.uk or by calling (01324) 506631.