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Downhall Under Fives

Charity Pre-school

The History of Downhall Under Fives

In April 1987 a group of mothers living in the local community got together to discuss a way of providing their children with pre-school education and play. Few had easy means of transporting their children to the existing groups near the town centre.


The local Scout hall was available during the day and discussions took place between the parents, the Scout Association, the local Social Services and Rochford District Council with the objective of establishing a playgroup in the hall which is off Ferndale Road.


Initially, the group rented the hall for two mornings a week and opened with 10 children. Over the years it has grown and the number of sessions increased.


In 1993 the group became a registered charity


We have had annual Social Services inspections, 6 OFSTED inspections and in 1998 achieved Pre-school Learning Alliance accreditation.


In 2006 the pre-school had to vacate the Scout Hall and for a number of years were in temporary accommodation at a church hall in Hullbridge Essex.


In April 2008 we were granted planning permission to return to our home site off Ferndale Road in Rayleigh.


Elaine Crust and Denise Linton were appointed joint Managers of our Pre-School from September 2008.


February 2009

We  continued to take steps towards our goal of raising enough funds to enable us to return to Ferndale Road Open Space.


June 2009

Our building grant application was successful  from Essex County Council  to build our new Pre School building back at Ferndale Open Space.  And a 30 year lease from Rochford District Council was granted.


July 2009


Work has begun on site, getting it ready for our new home.


January 2010

We opened our new Pre-School building.


September 2010

Started to fundraise for our garden which is an ongoing project with lots of new changes being made on a termly basis indoor and outdoor of the Pre-School.



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