Aberdeen council leaders have hailed the £23 million programme of works being carried out to prepare nurseries for the rollout of extended childcare hours.
Nicola Sturgeon has refused to intervene to stop what have been described as “devastating” cuts to the number of nursery teachers in Edinburgh.
Parents in Aberdeenshire have until Friday to apply for a nursery space for their child for this year.
Councillors are being asked to create a £1 million fund to help Aberdeen nurseries cope with a change in childcare hours.
Construction work will begin later this year on the creation and expansion of eight nursery buildings across the city, it has been revealed.
A construction programme is under way at schools across the north-east which will see new nurseries built to meet ambitious childcare targets.
Changes to nursery services could be introduced in a bid to fill part of a multi-million pound budget blackhole.