Five-year battle for Alstonville preschool comes to an end
THE smiles on the faces of children as they walked into the Alstonville Community Preschool yesterday made the five-year battle by parents for a new preschool in their village worth it.
President Katherine Buckley said when the Baptist preschool closed its doors in 2013, parents in Alstonville and surrounding areas were without a dedicated preschool.
“Managing to licence and operate from a temporary venue at Amaze n Place for the last two years, Alstonville Community Preschool still had the major hurdle of finding a permanent home for the preschool,” she said.
Work by a group of dedicated volunteers on establishing a new preschool began in 2011.
“Five years in the making, this community preschool has been built by a volunteer not-for-profit group of parents who have made retaining a preschool in Alstonville their priority,” Mrs Buckley said.
“The volunteer group worked hard lobbying both state and local government over the years with many of the committee members juggling young families and putting careers on hold.
“Building on council land at Crawford Park the group managed to raise $900,000 over two years to build (the) early childhood education facility.
“This is a preschool built by the community, for the community.”
Director Narelle Walker said the preschool offered education for children aged four to five, in the year before school, and enrolments were still being taken.
The preschool will open its doors to the public at its official opening on February 20.
Visit www.alstonvillepreschool.com.au or call 6628 0822 for more information.