Rebuilding King’s Sutton pre-school a brick at a time

Kings Sutton pre-school childen were sponsored per brick for last weeks fundraiser NNL-170627-103420001
Kings Sutton pre-school childen were sponsored per brick for last weeks fundraiser NNL-170627-103420001

Children at King’s Sutton’s Pre-School donned hi-vis gear during a sponsored building themed obstacle course last week.

The children, resembling miniature construction workers, were sponsored for each brick they managed to negotiate through a maze of obstacles using tiny wheelbarrows.

The fundraising fun was watched by parents and friends of the pre-school which is trying to raise enough money to replace its dilapidated wartime building, improve the outside play space and increase capacity.

All of the improvements will cost £300,000 but almost half of this has been awarded to the pre-school by way of the South Northamptonshire Council’s New Homes Bonus Voluntary sector and Local Communities scheme.

Trustee Helen Woolner said: “This decision couldn’t have come soon enough for us, we are bursting at the seams, when the Ofsted Inspector visited last year she joked that our building was like an educational Tardis as we fit so much learning into such a small space.

“Our current home is a Nissen hut, a temporary building used as a canteen in the second world war, the parish council chairman Bob Burrell remembers eating his sandwiches in there.

“But it has now reached the end of its serviceable life and we desperately need a bigger, modern building which meets the needs of the children”

Time, however, is ticking on the fundraising efforts as the two grant awards are ringfenced for just two years and the remainder must be raised by then.

The pre-school will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019 and hope to mark the occasion with a grand opening.

To sponsor the pre-school click here.