A new £3 million Welsh language school has been officially opened.
Ysgol Gymraeg Penalltau has just 20 pupils as it only opened its infant phase in September.
When it is fully complete next year the school will become a primary school for children aged between three and 11.
It will eventually have 240 pupils in eight classrooms.
Caerphilly County Borough Council leader Lindsay Whittle, welcomed Jane Hutt Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills to the school for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The modern, purpose-built school, located on the Cwm Calon estate near Ystrad Mynach, provides Welsh medium education for pupils from Penallta, Penybryn, Penpedairheol, Tir-y-Berth, Gelligaer, Glyn-Gaer and Glan y Nant.
Education Minister Jane Hutt said: “It is crucial that pupils have a stimulating environment in which to learn. I am delighted that we’ve been able to provide £660,000 in capital funding to support the school.
“The new developments at Ysgol Gymraeg Penalltau are absolutely ideal and will provide young learners with modern facilities to get the most out of their education.”
Councillor Phil Bevan, the council’s cabinet member for education and leisure, said “Outdoor learning, through the medium of play, is at the top of the agenda at Ysgol Gymraeg Penalltau, which has its very own secure woodland area with a little stream running through it.
“This area is ideal for learning experiences in the Foundation Phase. To further encourage outdoor learning, canopies will also be fitted onto the secure outdoor playing areas outside the reception and nursery classes in the future.”
Headteacher Andrea Woods said: ” I am delighted to welcome all of our important visitors to the school.
“It is a testament to the exceptional growth in demand for Welsh Medium Education in the county borough that Ysgol Gymraeg Penalltau is the 11th Welsh primary school to open.”