Newly-built pre-school is top class

Miranda Rock with children and staff officially opening the new Easton-on-the-Hill Pre-school. Pictured with children are, from left, Debbie Greaves, Miranda Rock, Amy Frisby, Hayley Tibbles, Ellen Gavin and Sally Leach ''Photo: SM061210-006ow
Miranda Rock with children and staff officially opening the new Easton-on-the-Hill Pre-school. Pictured with children are, from left, Debbie Greaves, Miranda Rock, Amy Frisby, Hayley Tibbles, Ellen Gavin and Sally Leach ''Photo: SM061210-006ow

AFTER more than a year of hard work and fundraising Easton-on-the-Hill Pre-School has finally been officially opened.

Director of Burghley House Miranda Rock cut a ribbon at the purpose-built building in New Road on Monday, December 6 to mark the joyous occasion as happy staff looked on.

A pre-school committee raised the money for the new building after the original pre-school, on the same site, had to be demolished due to health and safety reasons.

Work started in May this year with an emphasis on the construction being eco-friendly.

Therefore a wooden building was chosen and a special pump installed that draws in heat from the air outside to warm radiators and water.

Chloe Green, chairman of the pre-school committee, which has about six members, mostly mums, said: “It was really good to officially open the pre-school and a big relief after all the hard work and effort everybody has put in.

“It makes you realise how much people care and how generous they can be.

“I’m really proud we have done it and how the village has made it happen.” The building has one main room, a kitchen and two toilet rooms. There is also a book corner, sandpit, veranda and one computer.

The pre-school is attended by 19 children although there is space for 20.

Miss Green, 39, who has three children, Florence, six, Hugo, five and Norah, three, who attend the pre-school said: “We had an Ofsted inspection about four weeks ago who praised us for our outstanding features including our partnership with the community.”