More than just a place to learn your ABCs…

02 JUL 2020

A £10,000 grant from Allchurches Trust is helping to fund a pre-school with a difference - a caring, therapeutic environment where children and families can grow and thrive.

Fegans has been providing children’s counselling and parent support services at the Archbishop Courtenay Primary School in Tovil, Maidstone, for a number of years, supporting some of Kent’s most vulnerable families. Before Fegans was established in the school, it had been placed in “special measures” by Ofsted but close partnership working between the Christian charity and the school has seen that rating begin to rise. With the school improving every day, it has been keen for Fegans to re-start the onsite pre-school and consolidate the existing support services into a “family hub”. The hub means local families will benefit from a holistic package of childcare and development, parental support, specialist therapy and spiritual sustenance from an early stage. 
 
The Buttons ABC Pre-School will open on 7th September and follows the successful model of the Buttons pre-school run by Fegans in Ramsgate, Kent, which has been an integral part of its local community for over 10 years.
Photograph of the inside playhouse
Chloe Ewen, Grants Officer for Allchurches Trust, said: “All children deserve a bright and hope-filled future. We are so proud to support Fegans as they care for and help heal children and families in need.”
 
The support from Allchurches Trust has funded much of the set-up costs, toys, equipment, staff uniforms and a new dishwasher!
 
Buttons ABC Pre-School Manager, Michelle Burr, who has been busy getting ready for the opening, said: “The funding from Allchurches Trust has enabled us to create such a nurturing and fun environment. We have a fabulous outdoor space and everything looks so bright and inviting. We cannot wait to open and to welcome lots of children and their families to enjoy everything we have to offer.”
 
Ian Soars, CEO of Fegans, said: “Our Buttons pre-schools don’t just focus on the development of the child but provide support to whole families throughout their individual journeys with all the ups and downs life brings. Families are welcomed and valued, and children feel comfortable, secure and are able to forge positive relationships with both staff and other children.
Pre-school outside
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