After a few years of diminishing provision, Freshbrook now has two brand new groups providing pre-school experience for under 5s which both launched on 21 April.
Millbrook Primary School has opened Caterpillars Pre-School (pictured, right) in the community room next to the reception class. Early years foundation stage manager Alison Stone said the group would be open on five mornings a week and afternoon sessions would start if there is demand. We’re extending the foundation stage 2 to foundation stage 1 to make the transition from home into pre-school and then school as smooth as possible. Caterpillars starts with all the twenty places taken.
Contact the school to join the waiting list on 872800.
The new Alpha Playgroup (pictured below right on their Open Day) has started in the reopened Freshbrook Community Centre on five mornings a week for children aged 3 to 5 years. The group has been chosen by Swindon Sure Start as a pilot project to provide care for two year olds on two afternoons a week.
Supervisor Lynne Jacobs said she was delighted the group has restarted. The playgroup has been in Freshbrook for over 30 years under different names but pursuing the same ethos of a parent run group. And it’s lovely to be back in the community centre.
To enquire about places, call 07563 764528.
Seven mums promised in February to lose weight to raise money for Alpha Playgroup and all achieved personal goals of at least 14lbs with a couple shedding 23lbs.
Pictured below right, holding committee member Martina Eyers who, at 9 stone, represents the total weight lost, from left, Leanne Wheeler, Vicky Lynch, Sarah John, Susan Butler, Lynne Jacobs, Lisa Woolford, with Jessica Eyres holding a playgroup poster.