Aveton Gifford Pre-School At The Hive



Aveton Gifford Pre-school was established in 1990 by a group of local parents and for 21 years operated in the shared, rented village hall.

Aveton Gifford Pre-school  and Toddler Group is a non- profit making organisation, run by a voluntary management committee mainly consisting of parents using the groups. It currently employs 5 staff and provides foundation stage care and education to children aged 21/2- 5 yrs for five days a week during term time. The Monday morning Pre-school session is "Outdoor School" run entirely out of doors. Thursday afternoons is the "Step-Up Session" preparing children for "school readiness". One morning a week  a toddler playgroup is held, for parents and carers and their children aged 0-5 years.

Additional out-of school clubs such as a Breakfast Club and a Holiday Club have been held but are subject to demand.

The premises, The Hive, is built for purpose and was designed by a local architect in conjunction with the committee and staff to meet the specific needs within this village. The building and land is owned by the pre-school and is the result of a ten year project led by a dedicated sub committee wishing to secure the future of this valued village amenity. Funding was secured through Aveton Gifford Parish Council, Devon First (Devon County Council)  Better Buildings, local fundraising and by donations from local businesses.  It was built by local builders opting for eco-friendly materials where possible and power is supplied by photo voltaic tiles positioned on the south facing roof. It opened in February 2011 and is adjacent to the primary school, enabling a close liaison between the two facilities. The entrance to The Hive is accessed from a specified footpath through the primary school grounds. The Hive provides an attractive, adaptable play space enabling a variety of suitable play and learning areas, enhanced by natural light from floor to ceiling windows and doors. There is open access to a safe outdoor learning environment with spaces for physical play, exploration and gardening.

The Pre-school and Toddler Group is a charity, registered with the Charity Commission and is a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance. It is registered with Ofsted and was last inspected in July 2011 and was awarded “Good” overall and the report contains aspects of “Outstanding”.

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