Help us open a community preschool!

by Gemma Dalfsen in Calcot, England, United Kingdom

Help us open a community preschool!
We did it
On 10th December 2018 we successfully raised £3,351 with 31 supporters in 56 days

I want to offer local families a preschool that feeds into the primary school; a place for their children to grow & learn through play.

by Gemma Dalfsen in Calcot, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Have an Easter party for the children and a Summer Family Fun Day!

Heartbreakingly the preschool in Fords Farm is having to close, so as of January 2019 there will be no preschool in the centre of Fords Farm.

More than just a playgroup!

My son has always been incredibly shy and self conscious, but something happened...he became confident, his self consciousness diminished and he strode into school in September this year like he'd been there forever.

I have Kennet Valley Pre-School to thank for this amazing change in him, and not just him, so many of the children who currently attend would walk across hot coals to be there (not that us mums have ever tested this, promise!)

So what will happen when the children are told they won't be coming back in January.....?

Of course the children will be sad, but then what for the next 7 months? Will families have to settle their youngsters into a new preschool for 2 terms before the huge change to primary school? That will be so incredibly unsettling for them! Not to mention the logistical nightmare many families will face if they have children at the next door primary school.

We need your help to change this!

If we can reach our target, we can open a new preschool in Kennet Valley's place. Although it would be new staff, the children would still be coming to the same building with the same toys which would be so much less upheaval for them.

We can offer places for 2 year olds, those with 30 hours eligibility codes and all day sessions.

We will work closely with the primary school to help create a smooth transition when they make the big step up.

We will create a warm, nurturing environment for the wonderful toddlers and preschoolers from the area (and beyond!).

We will organise family fun days, Christmas & Summer fetes, Sports Days, parents evening and so much more.

Why am I so keen?

Why would I want to take on the monumental task of running a community preschool?

First and foremost, I'm a mum! The activities KVPS offered, the support they gave the children and the opportunities my son had for independent play have helped his education get off to a flying start.

I want to give my 2 year old daughter, and other children, the same opportunities that my son had.

I've lived in/around Fords Farm since the day I was born; I attended Kennet Valley Pre-School and Kennet Valley Primary School, my mum worked at the preschool for nearly 25 years and until July this year my son went there too. 

So do it...!

In order to secure all the equipment the previous preschool has amassed before it is sold off, we need to raise £1500 by the end of November - the most vital part of a preschool is it's resources!

The rest of the target money is needed for the legalities of opening a pre-school - solicitors for opening a company and to create staff contracts, DBS checks for all staff, insurance, tapestry/online tracking for children's progress along with the costs of applying with Ofsted.

£1, £3, £10 - whatever you can afford to give would be appreciated, not just by me, but by our local community for years and years to come.

This is a huge project, but with the support of my amazing husband, my wonderful mother, another local preschool, the local authority and the headmistress of Kennet Valley Primary School I am in no doubt that I could provide a warm, nurturing environment for the children to grow and learn through play...but I also need your help.

If you'd like to help by donating a product or service to be used as a reward please get in touch!

Thank you so much for reading this far, please share this across all your social media platforms, we can't let the community be without a preschool!!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Award Winning Family Portrait Experience

Gift Voucher from award winning photographer Ian Wilson at Barrett & Coe The voucher entitles you to an experience worth £160; One hour photography session A personalised viewing of your images A framed 8"x6" photograph worth £85

£5 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£15 discount on Sports Massage from CSG

CSG is a fantastic independant sports massage therapist based in Fords Farm. A pledge of £5 will get you £15 discount on one massage. Normally £35, with this voucher it will be just £20!

£10 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£15 off Eyelash Extensions

£15 discount on full set of Classic Eyelash Extensions at Mrs D's (subject to patch test)

£25 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Diddi dance for you and a friend!

Diddi dance classes enhance girls & boys endless energy and enthusiasm through funky, fun sessions that build confidence, co-ordination and creativity. The voucher is for half a term (usually 6 weeks) of dance classes for two children (and parents/carers). Worth £72, it also lasts for a whole year! For your nearest class/see more about Diddi Dance, please visit their website

£7 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Krazy Playdays Tickets

Admission for two children to Krazy Playdays in Tilehurst. Worth up to £15 Expires 15/02/2019

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Reading Buses Easysaver 10

Reading Buses EasySaver 10 gives 10 single journeys at discounted prices. Each time you travel it simply deducts one journey from your smartcard. With no expiry date, it's perfect for the occasional traveller! Worth up to £17, you can get it for just £10.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Family ticket to The Look Out Discovery Centre

The voucher entitles the recipient to family entry into the Look Out Discovery Centre (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Warings Bakery Vouchers

£20 of vouchers to spend at Warings Bakery thanks to the generous staff at the Armour Road branch! (53 Armour Road Tilehurst RG31 6HA)

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Kids 'n' Action Vouchers worth up to £33

Voucher for a family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) worth up to £33 (age dependent)

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

“Swim and Lunch” at Reading Lido

Worth approx £40 for a pledge of £20! The swim and lunch for 1 package gives you access to the pool, saunas and hot tub from 11am. Following your swim, enjoy a two course a la carte lunch at 1pm - available seven days a week. (Towel & robe hire not included). Valid until 19th July 2019

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tickets to Cotswold Wildlife Park

This fantastic reward entitles the recipient to free entry for 1 adult and 1 child, worth over £25!

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