Project information

Save our Pre-school

Streatley Hill Pre-school needs to replace its existing building with a new building to ensure its long term survival, otherwise it will be forced to close. A bigger, better facility will also increase our capacity to deliver high quality pre-school education to all children aged 2-4 in the village.

May 2009 - September 2011

Charity information

Streatley Hill Pre-school Group

Streatley Hill Pre-school Group
  • Need


    The current building is rapidly deteriorating. A Full Structural Survey in 2003 stated that its estimated lifespan was 5 years. Its maintenance cost are high & it is difficult to heat. There is no separate rest, & nappy changing area. It is no longer fit to deliver the education our children deserve. If something irreparable happened to it tomorrow, we would be forced to close, with the loss of 6 jobs, & unable to offer affordable, local pre-school education. Despite this, it is oversubscribed.


    The new building will have a long lifespan (in excess of 40 years) so that all future Streatley children can benefit from local, high quality pre-school education. Its increase in size will accommodate a separate rest, & nappy changing area. It will have natural light and ventilation, and improved energy efficiency. We will be able to increase our capacity from 14 to 20 children per pre-school session, meeting the demand from local parents to access affordable childcare, & keep 6 staff employed.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Aim: to replace the current portacabins with a new modular building.


    » Raise £170,000 via trusts, foundations, local government and a series of local fundraising initiatives.

    The success will be demonstrated in the completion of a new , slightly larger building with an estimated lifespan of over 40 years.

  • Impact


    a) The future of the Pre-school will be secured
    b) Affordable childcare provision in Streatley will increase from 14 children per session to 20.
    c) Six people will keep their jobs
    d) A substantial decrease in maintenance costs will significantly reduce the need to constantly fundraise to cover costs


    1. The Pre-school could be forced to close before the build begins, diverting the build team from the project to finding a temporary home OR the build is delayed/takes longer than projected.
    We have dealt with both these risks by already identifying an alternative temporary home.
    2. Insufficient funds are raised.
    The size of the new building is non-negotiable as a smaller building would not meet our aims.
    The fundraising team would continue to fundraise until the target is met.


    We will give a bi-monthly report to donors, invite them to see work in progress on site during the build, acknowledge their support in agreed literature, and invite them to attend the opening of the new building,

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £170,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £110,000 Building Eco-canopy building, preferred contractor
      £13,500 External landscaping Includes access path, ramp, rain/sun canopy
      £20,500 Professional fees Architect, legal, planning, design fees and site surveys
      £13,000 Removals, accomm, storage Removal of existing building, temp accommodation, storage, shelving, white goods etc
      £13,000 Site Preparation Site preparation, upgrade of site service infrastructure

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Early Years Capital Grant £65,000 Guaranteed
    West Berkshire Member Bid £25,000 Guaranteed
    Englefield Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    Goring Gap Local Deserving Causes Fund £5,000 Guaranteed
    Michael Shanly Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    King George V Jubilee Fund £2,500 Guaranteed
    Pre-school Building Reserve £20,000 Guaranteed
    Buy a Brick campaign £3,800 Guaranteed
    Private Donations £6,250 Guaranteed
    Local fundraising to date £6,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Pre-school is located in the village of Streatley, West Berkshire, in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its woodland setting encourages indoor and outdoor play, and its aim is to provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment in which children gain the confidence to learn via investigation, exploration and fun. It is governed and managed by a volunteer parent committee, employs 6 professional staff, and has implemented the Early Years Foundation curriculum.


    1. Parents living & working in Streatley will benefit from affordable local childcare that feeds into the highly regarded Streatley Primary School.
    2. Children living locally will benefit from high quality pre-school education delivered in a top class educational building spefically designed around the needs of providing a successful pre-school education.
    3. Six professional staff will retain their jobs.
    4. Active, volunteer parents strengthens the community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since its inception in 1992, Streatley Hill Pre-school has established an excellent reputation for the delivery of a high quality pre-school education and is consistently oversubscribed. Its staff are committed to continuing professional development and its parent volunteer committee remains one of its greatest strengths. It is the only service provider in the locality that can offer accessible, affordable childcare.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Louise Schilizzi

    Pre-school Chairperson & a Chartered Accountant, Mrs Schilizzi shapes the strategic vision of the school, & is the lead for the project.

    Catherine Dickinson

    Previous Chairperson & a Museum Curator, Mrs Dickinson is co-leader of the fundraising and building project.

    Peter Greaves

    A Chartered Engineer specialising in education projects, Mr Greaves is leading the building design, site management and delivery.

    Fiona Brown

    Fiona Brown has been the Senior Pre-school Supervisor for 7 years. She is lead consultant on the practical delivery of the building's educational aims