Tots get set for a move to new site

Thomas Knowles (pictured holding the winning poster) and friends celebrate the planned move to new premises
Thomas Knowles (pictured holding the winning poster) and friends celebrate the planned move to new premises
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A pre-school in search of a new home says it has found “treasure at the end of the rainbow”.

The Rainbow Pre-school, which now meets at Garstang Community Centre, will relocate to a new home at Garstang Community Primary School in September.

It marks the end of a long search, and much uncertainty for the group, which was first established in 1974.

Mrs Frances Taylor, the pre-school manager, said: “It’s a very exciting time for Rainbow and something we have been trying to achieve for a long time.”

Describing it as a “wonderful opportunity”, she thanked community school head Mrs Stephanie Reeves and governors. To mark the move the pre-school organised a colouring contest and winner Thomas Knowles, 4, is pictured with Mrs Taylor, contest judge Mrs Reeves, other pupils and pre-school Chair Mrs Dawn Painter.

Mrs Taylor said: “We are all looking forward to the move which will enhance our provision and offer to the children and their families.”

At present the Rainbow group has to pack away its equipment each day as the Community Centre is used for other events and the children have no outdoor play provision.

Now it will have a self-contained nursery space within the Oak Road Community school and a dedicated outdoor play area.

Mrs Dawn Painter, Chairman of the pre-school, which is a registered charity, has had two sons go to Rainbow and a third attends now.

She said: “I’m happy for the staff and children.”