Pre-school children living in Milton Keynes will soon have a bright, new place to play and learn thanks to staff and contractors at a local housing association.
Jephson Homes Housing Association and its partners have pledged more than £10,000 for a makeover at Coffee Tots Pre-School Club in Coffee Hall.
The club, which caters for 35 children aged between two and four years old, is due to move to new premises in April.
The new site, which comprises two bungalows that have been knocked together to form one building, is desperately in need of renovation to make it fit for purpose.
Together with its contractors, Jephson has pledged to carry out a complete overhaul by replacing the children’s and staff toilets and installing a kitchen and food preparation area, disabled toilets and new work stations in the main hall and staff office. Outside will be a soft play area and new fencing, and inside the club will get a new quiet room with sensory lighting.
Fiona O’Brien, early years lead practitioner, said: “We have always rented rooms and been moved from pillar to post depending on the changing needs of the school or organisation we were renting from.
“To know we will soon have our own space is like a dream come true. We have only ever operated from one room with some outside space, and in the winter months it really isn’t ideal. We used to use the staff toilet as an office, cloakroom and store room.
“In 18 years we have never had anywhere to call our own so we can’t wait for the work to be completed as we know our new home is going to be absolutely fantastic.”
William Philpott, Jephson East regional director, said: “As soon as we heard about this project we were really keen to get involved, and to involve our contractors, so that we could provide as much assistance as possible.
“I’d like to thank our tenant and regional committee member Brian Walker, who introduced us to the staff at Coffee Tots and suggested we support the renovation work.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished pre-school after all the hard work has been completed, and I hope the staff and children enjoy their new home.”
Pictured is James Devlin, Jephson maintenance officer, with Ryleigh.