Construction starts on village pre-school

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Work has started on the construction of a new pre-school in Lavenham, including a support room for children with special educational needs.

A ground-breaking ceremony took place on Tuesday to mark the occasion, with pre-school manager Katherine Eves and Lavenham Parish Council chairman Carroll Reeve joined by local supporters.

Villagers unite to celebrate the construction starting on Lavenham's new preschool.

Villagers unite to celebrate the construction starting on Lavenham's new preschool.

The pre-school is currently in Barn Street, but will move next to the village hall in Church Street.

It is being constructed by Northamptonshire-based Scotts of Thrapston, specialists in buildings designed specifically for learning, living and leisure environments.

When finished, the timber-framed building will have capacity for 48 pupils and will include a bright and spacious purpose-built play space, staff room, office space and a separate quiet room to support children with special educational needs.

A large outdoor play area is also being created as part of the build. It will use natural resources to enhance the children’s learning and development.

Artist's impression of Lavenham's new preschool.

Artist's impression of Lavenham's new preschool.

“The prefabricated design of the building means we can have the pre-school ready for September,” said Katherine Eves, pre-school manager.

“We are so excited to be providing the families of Lavenham and the surrounding area with a new care and educational, early year’s environment.

“The new building means we can also open in the afternoon, which is especially good news, as from September, the amount of funded childcare available to parents will be increasing from 15 to 30 hours.

“A huge thanks to everyone in the local community who has supported us with this project as we look to extend, and build on, the excellent care we already provide.”

Groundbreaking ceremony as construction of Lavenham's new preschool begins.

Groundbreaking ceremony as construction of Lavenham's new preschool begins.