Working out of a post-war HORSA hut in the grounds of King’s Sutton Primary Academy, the village preschool’s parents, staff and committee members have been tirelessly raising funds in recent years to renovate their ancient premises and extend its garden. Sadly, their plans received a terrible blow in mid-May this year when the building was devastated by flooding from a burst pipe. Furniture, children’s play equipment, electronics, floors, kitchen units and internal doors were all damaged beyond repair.
Already knocked back by the Coronavirus epidemic, King’s Sutton’s Ofsted-rated “outstanding” preschool now faced the hard work of moving (with fantastic support from the primary academy) to a cramped temporary building on the school site. Despite these setbacks, the staff team were able to reopen just two weeks later and resume delivering excellent educational support to families in the local area.
Although the preschool will ultimately receive an insurance payout, this will only cover repairs relating to the flood damage and won't be enough to get things back to normal. To continue providing a high level of care and a safe, fun environment for local children, it is in desperate need of help from the community and has set up a Just Giving* page with the target of raising £5,000 towards the cost of a modernised and bright environment for our children to learn through play. That money will ensure the preschool continues to thrive and grow for the benefit of children, parents, carers and the community at large for years to come.
The preschool needs to complete its refurbishment of the HORSA hut in time for the start of the new academic year in September. Unfortunately, whatever happens, the planned extension of the garden will not now be possible until summer next year but the funds will still have to be in place ready for the start of that work.
Click here to visit King’s Sutton Preschool’s Just Giving page if you feel able to make a donation, no matter how small.
Click here to contact the Preschool by email.