Centre of Excellence Opens in Easterhouse

A trailblazing new Childcare facility and learning hub is has opened its doors in Easterhouse.

The Blairtummock Childcare Centre of Excellence, a partnership project between Rising Stars Childcare and Glasgow Kelvin College, is set to provide nursery and after-school care for more than 70 children as well as Early Years and Childcare teaching space for some 85 students at any one time.

Rising Stars Blairtummock provides affordable High Quality Early Learning and Childcare.  The extensive garden offers a fantastic opportunity for outdoor learning; it is expected that the children will spend 70% of their time utilising the outdoor space learning through play. The Nature Kindergarten will provide the children with opportunities for 6 hours per day in Cardowan Moss and Todds Well forests learning new skills including the use of real tools, den building and lighting fires.

The Nursery and Afterschool facilities have been funded by Glasgow City Council’s Education Department as part of Glasgow’s response to the 2020 expansion.

In addition, Glasgow Kelvin students in Early Years and Childcare from NQ to HNC level (including Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships), will learn in a stimulating and engaging environment with a suite of eight classrooms and communal areas hosting state-of-the-art technology.  Experiential learning in an active childcare environment will bring huge advantages to their college journey and Rising Stars will certainly benefit from the enthusiastic input of the students.  The learning facilities will operate as a part of the nearby Glasgow Kelvin College Easterhouse Campus.

The college refurbishment of Blairtummock House to host the new Centre of Excellence was funded by Glasgow Kelvin Learning Foundation – SCIO.

Officially opening the Centre of Excellence, Glasgow City Council Leader, Councillor Susan Aitken, said:

“Glasgow’s vision for early learning and childcare puts the needs of the child and family at the centre of our services, from the earliest years of a child’s life and onwards in to school years.  These are the crucial foundations for better outcomes in later life.

Nursery care is also essential to give parents the flexibility necessary for them to pursue employment and training opportunities. The implementation of 1140 hours of annual early learning and childcare is a major investment priority for both Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government. And here in Glasgow we are uniquely placed to move quickly to the delivery of those 1140 hours of entitlement.

Blairtummock Childcare Centre of Excellence is an ideal example of the partnership working that’s required to achieve this by 2020 in Glasgow.  Not only do we ensure the future sustainability of this historic building but we provide 74 high quality early learning and childcare places and give 232 local people childcare qualifications delivered on their doorstep with job opportunities at the end.”

Alan Sherry, Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College, said:

“The College, through the Glasgow Kelvin Learning Foundation, is delighted to be a key partner in this pioneering initiative.  Blairtummock will provide engaging, first-class childcare facilities for the local community and, importantly for us, will ensure our students receive the very best workplace experience where they can put their new skills into practice in the real world.  The importance of working in partnership to achieve goals like this cannot be overstated and we look forward to seeing the Blairtummock Childcare Centre of Excellence develop and flourish in the years to come.”

Councillor Angus Millar, Chair of Jobs and Business Glasgow, added:

“I am delighted as Chair of JBG to see this fantastic building used for such a pioneering and exciting addition to Childcare services in Glasgow and the partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College will ensure many new individuals will begin a rewarding career in Childcare.”

Providing facilities in the historical heart of the Easterhouse community, Blairtummock is a committed step towards addressing the Scottish Government Early Years and Childcare ambitions for 1,140 hours of childcare per child by 2020.