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Wokingham pre-school is on the move

Published: 5 Aug 2014 09:300 comments

St Crispin’s Pre-school is moving home after more than 30 years and changing its name.

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It is relocating from St Crispin’s Leisure Centre in London Road, Wokingham, this September and relaunching as Mini Oaks Pre-school.

Georgia Watts, deputy lead practitioner of the pre-school – a registered charity – explained the move to a premises at Wokingham Youth and Community Centre, 35 Reading Road, was due to facility changes at St Crispin’s Leisure Centre.

The pre-school had been on a waiting list for a new property so was delighted to be approached by the borough council when a previous children’s facility became available for rent.

She said: “We are all really excited about the new site as it has been purpose-built for children and will create constant free flow play.

“It also has a child-friendly outside area which I’m sure all the children will love.”

The pre-school believes in the active participation of parents and is run by a parent- led committee that participates in meetings and helps fundraise for the organisation.

Parents will also be involved in a rota where they help with the running of the daily group sessions.

Ms Watts said: “It is very good for children if there is a partnership with parents and the staff as parents can have a say in what goes on in group and their children can see their parent in a new role.”

Catherine Churchill, chairwoman of the parent committee, said she can see as a parent how much her children enjoy intereacting with the pre-school staff.

Mini Oaks will have places available for children from two-years-old in early September and will be run by the same team of trained staff from St Crispin’s. They will run morning sessions from Monday to Friday and afternoon sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email admin@minioakspreschool.co.uk for details.

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