A new pre-school has been officially opened on the old Aylesbury Vale Academy site in Weedon Road.
It is managed by the Haydon Abbey School next door and will primarily cater for two year olds, before the progress up to the school’s existing nursery.
Its opening comes as schools and nurseries across the UK are being encouraged to open their doors to very young children and extend their nurseries’ opening hours as part of the government’s latest initiative to increase access to childcare.
The pre-school will eventually be able to accommodate 120 two year olds (sixty during morning and sixty in the afternoons) with the potential of further expansion if necessary.
It is located in the academy’s old English and drama block, which underwent a £250,000 refurb.
Judith Ejdowski, headteacher at Haydon Abbey School said: “We are determined to ensure that all our children are able to achieve and, wherever possible, exceed their potential and be well prepared for their educational journey.
“Haydon Abbey School recently received its first ever judgment of ‘good’ from Ofsted and the opening of the pre-school will allow us to provide even more children with an excellent education and an great start in life.”
It was officially opened by county council chairman, Zahir Mohammed and Mike Appleyard, cabinet member for education and skills.
Mr Mohammed said: “The vastly improved building will help local children to get the best start to their learning. The facility provides the opportunity for Haydon Abbey to respond to the future child care needs of parents in the community.
“With more children now eligible for free pre-school education, this new resource is being delivered in perfect time.”
Mr Appleyard added:”I am so pleased that Buckinghamshire is rolling out its provision of free nursery places to help even more families in the county.
“We know that quality nursery education gives children a good start in their learning. They will make new friends, improve their social skills and once they’re old enough to go to school they’re already well prepared and often achieve more.
“In addition, this is a wonderful opportunity for less advantaged parents to give their children a head start and the same opportunities to reach their educational potential as their peers.”
For more information, or to find out if your two-year-old is eligible for a free nursery place, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 688 4944.