New ‘home’ joy for village pre-school

FAMILIES CELEBRATE: Parents, toddlers and staff outside the new home for Ladybirds. SG100713-223NG
FAMILIES CELEBRATE: Parents, toddlers and staff outside the new home for Ladybirds. SG100713-223NG

A pre-school facing life without a roof over its head has been given a lifeline by Pinchbeck Parish Council.

Ladybirds Pre-School has been run in a classroom at St Bartholomew’s Primary School for more than ten years, but was asked to quit by the end of this term.

At a meeting on Monday the parish council agreed the pre-school can move a two-minute walk away across the West Pinchbeck school field to the sports club building in Leaves Lake Drove.

Thousands of pounds will need to be spent to revamp the building, but the pre-school aims to have it ready by September and has already begun fundraising.

Pre-school deputy manager Becky Richardson said: “We are completely over the moon, really pleased.

“The parish council has been amazing. We are just overwhelmed by the council and the whole village at how supportive they have been.”

The pre-school, rated outstanding by education watchdog Ofsted, was asked to leave its classroom because numbers of pupils at the primary school are growing and some classes are being held in the staff room, headteacher’s office and school hall.

Chairman of governors Bryn Chappell said it was the hardest decision the school’s board had ever had to take.

Becky said the pre-school estimates it will cost up to £15,000 to get the sports building in tip-top form, but £5,000 to £10,000 to make it usable in the near future.

The parish council has set aside £3,000 for external and internal works at the sports building, including window replacement.

Members heard the sports club is amenable to sharing the building and is happy to have a portable cabin for changing, but retain use of the main building’s kitchen and toilets.