Following a £200,000 investment to relocate Little Rascals Pre-School, Cllr Rob Waltham has officially opened the school.
The council worked with the pre-school to refurbish a disused building, the former Riddings Clinic on Willoughby Road in Scunthorpe, to provide a new home for them.
Little Rascals was previously based at the Methodist Church Hall in Riddings. The new building opens up more opportunities for the pre-school to start to offer extra services such as breakfast clubs and after school clubs.
The pre-school offers places to those eligible for the 30 hours free Early Years childcare for working parents in addition to continuing to offer Early Years places to those in the local community.
The refurbishment of the building on Willoughby Road saw a secure entrance lobby created that leads through to the main play and learning space. Interconnecting play rooms have direct access to outside. There is a secure outside environmentally sensitive play area and a covered play area/store.
Little Rascals can now prepare, cook and serve a variety of hot and cold meals from their new modern kitchen facilities.
The work has been funded from the Government through the Early Years Capital Grant and match funded by North Lincolnshire Council and Little Rascals Pre-School.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The £200,000 investment in Little Rascals Pre-School has allowed them to move to a bigger building, provide further services to children in the local area and improve their facilities.
“This move has already been a great success for Little Rascals and they are looking at ways they can develop their service more. Investing in Early Years education is something we are extremely committed to as we recognise the importance this has on a child’s life.
“The Governments commitment to 30 hours free childcare is making a massive difference to working families and we are encouraging all those eligible families to take advantage of this. We are making sure that there are enough places for the increasing demand across our pre-schools and nurseries in North Lincolnshire.”