A Surfleet pre-school open for less than two years has suffered a major blow after raiders broke in and stole educational goods worth £1,000.
Little Stars Pre-School, Surfleet, was burgled after a gang forced a window and then climbed inside before they helped themselves to a laptop, two iPads and cash meant for an animal workshop to be run by educational business Zoolab.
I was heartbroken when I arrived on Monday morning last week and found that the burglars had entered through a window and taken our children’s resourcesBev Gromett, owner and manager, Little Stars Pre-School, Surfleet
Little Stars, based in a mobile classroom on the grounds of Surfleet Primary School, first opened in September 2014 and has since received both the Early Years Healthy Childcare Award and a good-in-all-areas rating from Ofsted.
But the burglary on Sunday, May 22, has left staff at the pre-school “devastated”, according to its owner and manager Bev Gromett.
She said: “We’re looking at a £1,000 worth of things that were taken, including the money we were collecting for an upcoming visit by Zoolab.
“I was heartbroken when I arrived on Monday morning last week and found that the burglars had entered through a window and taken our children’s resources.
“The day after it happened, we couldn’t get into our mobile classroom but the school was very accommodating towards us by putting us up for the day in one of the classrooms.
“We had to get all the doors fixed because the burglars forced open the cupboards where we keep our cleaning equipment which are padlocked because of the children.
“They had to be repaired last Monday so that we could reopen the pre-school on the very next day.
“But the children haven’t had the technology they normally use and so we’re devastated.”
The burglary is the first major blow suffered by Little Stars since it opened 21 months ago.
Last June, the pre-school was awarded Healthy Childcare Status jointly by the Department for Education and the Department of Health for its work to improve the health and well-being of its children, parents and staff.
The award was gained after staff developed an outdoor area for the children to play in, made healthy snacks available to them and taught them steps to live more healthily.
Bev said: “We’ve been trying to get things sorted out since the break-in and the parents have all said ‘if there’s anything we can do to help you after the break-in, let us know’.
“The parents did the fundraising for us to get the iPads and sadly it looks like they’ll have to do it again.”
Police believe the burglary happened overnight between Sunday, May 22 and Monday, May 23, and anyone with information should call 101. quoting case 69 of May 23.