Pre-school gets new building after decade-long struggle

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After ten years of uncertainty, staff, committee members and pupils of Wendron Pre-school were finally able to realise their dream of having a brand new building. The setting will be ready to open in September this year.

The new building was constructed within the grounds of Wendron Primary School and was only made possible after winning more than £76,000 worth of funding at the beginning of 2018.

Previously, the nursery was located at Trewennack Chapel; staff and existing pupils will relocate.

This summer will see a wealth of landscaping work carried out to transform the outdoor area ready for the start of the new pre-school term in September.

Chair of the voluntary charity committee which runs the pre-school, Liz Gilbert, said: “We’re so excited that it’s finally here after all this time. Thank you to all the supporters who have fundraised through the years.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming our pupils in September.”

Wendron Pre-school has been looking to relocate for a decade but finances never allowed the move to happen. Their luck changed in January this year when the West Cornwall Local Action Group provided a grant of just over £76,000, covering 80% of the project’s total cost. The money was made available via European funding through the Rural Development Programme for England.

Fundraising made up the remaining 20% of the cost with help from Inner Wheel, the Downsland Trust and Helston and Lizard Rotary Club.

Not only is the new building exciting for the pupils but it will provide many more opportunities for learning, as the pre-school will be able to expand its offering to include afternoon sessions. Three of these sessions will be available as well as five morning sessions from Monday to Friday.

There are still spaces available for up to 40 children from 2 and a half years upwards. This consists of 20 children per morning and afternoon session and includes places through the Government’s funded childcare scheme.

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