Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 7 December 2018

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Children settle in to new Early Learning and Childcare Centre

Children at Kilcreggan Primary’s Early Learning and Childcare Centre (ELCC) are settling in well to their new surroundings, after moving into a custom-made learning environment within the main school building.

The ELCC was previously located in an annexe beside the school, however, refurbishments carried out across the school during the summer holidays meant the children were able to move into the main building, become an integral part of the school community.

The new centre is directly across from the primary one classroom, allowing a closer working relationship between the children and opportunities for improved transitions.

Head Teacher Frances Bretman said: "The new ELCC space, both indoors and outside, is a wonderful learning environment for our youngest learners. It is clean, bright, and airy, and we have worked hard to create a very calm and inspiring space to motivate learners to explore and investigate the resources.

“Staff have reported how much they enjoy coming in to the new space each day and learners are showing their pleasure in the new facilities through their engagement. It is just so exciting.”

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “We want our children to have the best start possible in life, and facilities such as this one go a long way to helping us achieve that. Pupils and staff are now able to make the best use of new high quality resources to create, sustain and enhance a motivating environment for effective learning.

Did you know?

The second Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative (TH2) will see more than £2million invested in Bute?

News

Read about the rewards fostering can bring:Over the last few weeks, we’ve been running an appeal to encourage more people to find out about fostering opportunities in Argyll and Bute.

Bruce and Sheila Johnston from Mid Argyll are a wonderful example of the rewards fostering can bring. The couple started fostering in 2012 before going on to adopt the little girl in their care just four years later.

Gearing up for winter: As the cold weather starts to bite, the council has approved its Winter Service policy for 2018/19 which sets out priorities to keep Argyll and Bute moving until Spring.

The policy prioritises routes that will be treated ahead of winter hazards.

Supporting communities fund: The latest round of funding for the council’s Supporting Communities Fund is now open and community groups are being encouraged to submit applications for their projects.

Groups can apply for up to 100% of the total funding costs for their project or activity from Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund 2019/20. The maximum award available is £2500.

Support our food banks: While Christmas is a very happy time for many people, for others it can be difficult.

Following on from the success of last year’s food bank collections, Council employees will be giving donations for food banks across Argyll and Bute again this year.

 

Work with us

Argyll is a great place to live and work and we’re looking for new people to come and join us in a range of roles throughout the area. These include teaching staff in a variety of subjects, admin assistants, clerical workers and catering assistants.

You can find out more at MyJobScotland.

 

Consultations

Review of polling places and districts: Are you happy with the venue you go to vote in elections? Please let us know.

Equalities outcomes consultation: Tell us what you think about the equalities outcomes we are proposing to make things fairer and get rid of discrimination and harassment.

 

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 14 December 2018.