Budleigh Salterton pre-school wins share of £8million 'new build' grant
PUBLISHED: 13:50 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:12 10 June 2010
BUDLEIGH Salterton s Carousel pre-school has been identified as one of 18 pre-schools across the county who will receive a share of an £8million grant to build better buildings.
BUDLEIGH Salterton's Carousel pre-school has been identified as one of 18 pre-schools across the county who will receive a share of an £8million grant to build better buildings.
The cash comes from a government programme allocated to Devon County Council and is one of the single biggest financial handout made to support early years' providers.
The government cash is only available until 2011 and plans are already underway to kick-start the project.
The town's pre-school has been selected in the first stage of proposals to redevelop some of Devon's poorest accommodation for under fives.
The money will be used to rebuild or redevelop the premises to provide high quality, purpose-designed and built learning and care environment for the hundreds of Devon families who use early years providers.
A priority list of premises has been drawn up, and the providers on the list will be subject to feasibility studies, which will look at a range of options and solutions, including the cost of new premises and what facilities are needed in each setting.
Devon County Council's executive member for children and young people's services, Cllr John Smith, said: "This is a significant investment into updating and improving premises for young children that will have a positive and wide-ranging impact on outcomes for young children and their families.
"Our programme, better buildings for early years, will use the government funding to improve the pre-school accommodation across Devon which is in most need.
"The plans are at an early stage - we have drawn up a list of priority pre-school settings which will now be subject to a feasibility study.
"We need to ensure that the proposals are viable and can be completed within the government's time frame. Funds must be spent by 2011
"We will be working with local schools and nurseries over the coming months to carry out the necessary research, before drawing up a final and more detailed programme for this scheme."
The three aims of the grant are to:
· Improve the quality of the learning environment to support the delivery of the early years foundation stage with a particular emphasis on improving play and physical activities and ICT
· Ensure access to services for all children
· Enable providers to increase their hours and offer a more flexible service for parents.
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