Our first setting Alburgh with Denton pre-school was originally started in 1975 operating out of a local village hall. In 1998 after much fundraising and support from the National Lottery, we purchased our own building. Which we sited in the grounds of Alburgh with Denton Primary School, we have been providing quality affordable childcare ever since for children and their families in and around the local area.
We have been acutely, aware of the drastic need for quality childcare in and around the Harleston area; working closely with Harleston Primary school, Norfolk County Council and the Children’s Centre to find a way forward. In May 2017 the Children’s Centre decided to vacate their building, in favour of working from the library in Harleston town centre. Permission was granted by Norfolk County Council for the building to be used as a preschool nursery. With much work to be done we set about converting the ‘old Children’s Centre ‘building, into a fantastic and imaginative learning space for young children to spend time in!
Finally, now children can access their full funding entitlement, close links with the school enables us to split the funding between the two settings- to support working parents.
With the preschool being in the grounds of the school, we have the benefit of a fantastic outdoor area for our children to explore. The children are familiar with the Primary school and transitions into school at a later stage are smooth as a result.
We are an inclusive setting, everyone is welcome and as a result staff are committed in their support for our families, and their child’s individual needs.
The setting employs 6 staff members, we are supported by a body of Trustees made up of parents, who actively support the management and fundraising, which is vital for the smooth running of our pre-school.
We very much value the relationship between staff and parents, it is our aim to work closely together to ensure that we have a good knowledge and understanding of our children’s needs.
Working in partnership with parents ensures that our children’s needs are met within the setting.