CONSTRUCTION students have nailed their projects this year by building a wooden playhouse for an Alloa nursery.

Redwell Early Learning Centre (ELC) in Alloa was one of the lucky recipients of three playhouses, kindly made by foundation apprenticeship construction students at Forth Valley College.

The nurseries acted as clients to give the students the experience of planning, designing and constructing a project to specifications.

It is hoped the children at Redwell, along with counterparts at Park Drive Nursery in Bannockburn and Park Hill ELC in Polmont, will enjoy many hours of fun play as a result.

Stuart Taylor, curriculum manager at the college's Department of STEM and Construction, said: “The delivery and construction of the playhouses on site is critically important to the FA construction student’s development as construction professionals of the future, as it represents the culmination of a lot of hard work and epitomises why construction is such a rewarding industry to be part of.

“It gives all involved the sense of pride experienced at a successful construction project handover to a happy client.

“Many of our FA construction students will be progressing to our pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses in August and I hope they all continue to be proud of the knowledge, skills and experience gained during their foundation apprenticeship course.

“Forth Valley College would like to thank this year’s client nurseries, Redwell ELC, Park Drive Nursery and Park hill ELC for meeting with our FA students and lecturers, throughout this process and giving our students an insight into the requirements of a busy early learning environment.”

Fiona McClure, from Redwell ELC, issued a big nod of thanks to the college students for their “incredible gift” which will support the development of the nursery's outdoor learning space.

She said: “We decided to keep our little house plain to enable the children to use their imaginations and make it into whatever they wanted.

“So far in the short time we have had it, it has been a birdhouse, a café and a house.

“The collaboration between the college and ELC has been seamless and meeting the students from the college on delivery was a pleasure.

“We hope they have learned skills for life and wish them well in their future careers."