Describe your project
We are a new not-for-profit pre-school coming to Down Ampney with an emphasis on learning through nature. We are working on developing the current building to comply with regulations and to provide access for all.
How will your project benefit your local community?
There is a gap in early years provision in the local area. We are aiming to set up provision to benefit the local community of Down Ampney and surrounding villages by offering accessible local early years education, this will directly benefit local families and we will be offering the 30 hour funding which is particularly beneficial to local working parents. Our aim is to use the rural location to promote learning through nature. Our base on the school site in Down Ampney means that we will have strong links with the local school, before and after school clubs, toddler group and as we are close to the village shop and hall and other local amenities, these will also benefit from a thriving pre-school. The local economy will benefit from investment in the building, including renovation works and once open we will be offering employment.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
We have strong support from the local community, including Down Ampney Primary School, toddler group, the Parish Council, Cirencester Rotary Club, the village hall and shop committees and local families, who are very keen to see the pre-school open. All of the local groups are in support of this important village facility and have offered their support, from financial to practical support. We also have the support of a number of local businesses, including Parlour Farm, I AM Promotions, St James' Place, John Lewis and others. The Parish Council have said:" we whole heartedly support the concept of a preschool being established in the village once again. We feel such a venture can only benefit the village and add to the sustainability of other facilitates in the parish such as our Primary School and with the imminent addition of 44 house to the village this will add to the demand for such a provision."
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
We will recruiting for 4 jobs within the setting, plus employing contractors to complete works on the building. Once open we will serve local families, each session can accommodate 12 children, with this as a minimum, we would be looking at upwards of 12 families with the potential to have many more due to flexibility of sessions available and this will increase term by term and year on year as children take up a variety of hours and sessions with us.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We need to spend the money on necessary external refurbishment to the portacabin, including a new separate entrance gate, to comply with safeguarding requirements, repair to the picket fence around the perimeter, plus a surfaced ramped path and access point with handrail for accessible access for all. Plus some additional alterations to the portacabin to ensure it is compliant with building regulations including the fitting of extractor fans and a mains wired heat detector.
When and why was your project founded?
The pre-school was founded in May 2017 as a not-for-profit community interest company, meaning that it was set up for the benefit of the community to which it will serve, providing quality early years education in the local community, supporting the local toddler group and school and the village infrastructure.