A purpose built children’s centre, costing £325,000, closed in April after only 3 years of being open; the closure was deemed a ‘tragedy’ by locals after it was closed by Kent County Council in a bid to “make vital savings after a significant cut in government funding”.

In a new lease of life for the building, it is set to reopen in a few weeks as the new home to Triggers Nursery School.

Now 20 years old, the nursery is well established and will be moving a short distance to take up residence in its new home. Owner Kate Creasey has said she can’t wait to get started stating, “As Tiggers already does lots of work with the local community we will do everything we can to support parents and bridge the gap the county council left behind.”

“We want to continue to do that, and while it was sad to say goodbye to a much-loved space it is incredible to be moving into such a lovely new building.”

One of six organisations bidding to use the space, Tiggers beat off the competition and signed the new lease on July 28.

Fresh Start

In a bid to get the new setting ready, 14 people have been helping Ms Creasey decorate and add vital security features including a camera and intercom.

As well as this, they have created a new sandpit and with outdoor space limited at their new home they have negotiated a deal with their former location to swap their old building for a piece of land for the children to play on.

The nursery will open its doors in September and will be holding an open day on Thursday the 4th from noon-2pm, giving parents the opportunity to look around the renovated setting, and find out more about Tiggers.

Ms Creasey has said “At Tiggers we aim to foster children who are happy, secure and settled, children who will learn and develop at their own pace.”

“These are children who will make the greatest progress and their footprints will enrich the world.”

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