NEW BUILD PROJECT
Oakley Pre-school Name a Brick Appeal
The new building for Oakley Pre-school is now under construction with an opening in Spring 2022. This building will enhance the pre-school providing an increase of almost 70% more session spaces for children from the ages of 2 to 4 years old. It will ensure the health and safety needs of all the children and staff in a picturesque outdoor setting for all to love and enjoy. The building will enable us to be sustainable for the future, ensuring accessible access and providing exceptional facilities for all families attending the setting.
We have raised the majority of the funds to cover the £465K project cost but are now raising money to provide an outdoor play area linked to the inside area through large windows and doors and a safe and accessible access. The covered outside play area will lead out into the outdoor garden space in which to provide the children with further opportunities to engage with nature with a Forest School to enhance their understanding of the world and physical development.
This is an exciting opportunity for past, present, future families and local businesses to support and record their involvement with Oakley Pre-school by buying a brick either single sized engraved brick for £35 or a double sized engraved brick for £70.00. The bricks will be permanently located on the interior wall of the new lobby/corridor displayed for all to see who enter the building.
All the bricks will be produced in stone clay with black engraving. A single sized brick will have engraving over 2 lines with a maximum of 16 characters per line including spaces and a double sized brick will have engraving over 4 lines with a maximum of 16 characters per line including spaces. A sample brick is available in Pre-school for you to view.
If you would like to take part in the ‘Name a Brick Appeal’ to support this project for Oakley Pre-school then please complete the order form and return it to Pre-school with either cash or confirmation that a BACS transfer has been made.
Oakley Pre-school is a registered charity and can, for donations received from a taxpayer, recover income tax already paid by the donor. This will significantly increase the value of any gift from a basic rate taxpayer at no cost to the individual. If you are eligible then please ensure to complete the gift aid declaration at the end of the order form. Thank you.
Pre-School New Build Project
Unfortunately, due to the success of the service we provide, and the closure of nearby pre-schools, we have outgrown our current premises and without a new one, Oakley Pre-school will likely be forced to close within ten years. As a strong part of village life, we feel that this would be devastating for the communities, and the individual families, that we serve now and in the future.
Several pre-schools in north Bedfordshire villages have already closed and we desperately do not want to be next.
To mitigate this, we have been working for some time on plans for a new, bigger premises located in the heart of the village. This would contain purpose-built indoor and outdoor spaces with accessible access, a Forest School and space for up to 40 children. This will ensure we can continue supporting the communities of north Bedfordshire for decades to come.
In March 2019 we were granted planning permission. We envisaged having the building finished by September 2020 but have unfortunately encountered a few problems along the way including access issues which involved changes to the planning and of course major delays due to the Pandemic. However, we are now in the final stages and are working towards the building being completed by Spring 2022.
Please click on to see latest plans.
How you can help
We continually fund raise to help keep our pre-school sustainable but are struggling to raise the amounts needed in order to secure grants to go ahead with the plans for this necessary new building.
We are asking for support from the local community to help safeguard the future of Oakley Pre-school and the future of the children who use it.
We will happily meet with you to discuss further any donation, or any other help you can offer – please contact the pre-school on the number or email address