Pre-school building blocks improve facilities in Copley

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  • July 21, 2011

An opening Event unveiling a plaque thanking sponsors at Copley’s
Sticky Fingers Pre-school marked the culmination of a building project to provide
extra play, meeting and storage space. OFSTED 2009 ‘Outstanding’ Sticky Fingers
will now be able to offer more services to more children in the community – as well as extending uses connected with the neighbouring school and potentially offering other local community uses as well.

Sponsors have included the Halifax Courier through their Fund set up with the Community Foundation, Lloyds TSB, the Foyle Foundation, Calderdale Council grants and others, as well as parents sponsoring bricks.

A new single storey extension gives 26 metres’ extra classroompace, a staff and meeting space and 2 new internal store rooms, as well as 2 new outdoor storage spaces – meaning scope for increased number and quality of activities to promote childrens’ development, as well as catering for more children in future. This will help keep waiting lists down, plus provide more future job opportunities and student placements .

It will also allow Sticky Fingers to meet new government
recommendations to offer 3 hour sessions for all 3-4 year olds as opposed to the current two and a half hours, as they can now run sessions at the same time as the Out of School Club who share the building. So pre-school children can remain locally to take advantage of this.

Increased indoor storage will save time and resources in
carrying equipment in and out in all weathers, whilst new outdoor storage represents a great improvement on the previous damp facility, allowing greater variety to be stored, and keeping it in better condition longer.

Sticky Fingers embraces inclusivity, having a dedicated Special Educational Needs Coordinator plus strong links with local Ravenscliffe School.  The increased floor space will improve accessibility by allowing children in wheelchairs to move around and join in activities more easily, and improved storage means more equipment appropriate to children with physical disabilities.

Having a private space for meetings and completing documentation meets Early Years Foundation Stage ‘good practice’ guidance in having a confidential space.

The new facilities are available for use by the Out of School and Holiday Clubs as well.  The new extension already contains a large screen, projector, surround sound, Wii, DVD and computer facilities and much more, and fund raising continues to provide new furniture.

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