Central Pre-school was started in 1978 and was situated within the Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, Swindon.
A committee run pre-school which offered care for 3 & 4 year olds 5 mornings per week, with a maximum of 24 children each session.
Lisa Frost joined the committee in 2005 as Treasurer and stepped up to Chairperson in January 2007. Tessa Lacey joined the team in 2007 to manage the Pre-school. In 2008, the Pre-school began offering flexible full day care, opening from 9am until 3pm.
Deepti Sood became a member of staff in 2006 after volunteering whilst her daughter attended, and Kirsten Midwinter joined in 2008 when her daughter was also attending the Pre-school. They are both still with us, Deepti is a Senior Room Leader and Kirsten is our Deputy Manager,
Lisa Frost stepped down as our Chairperson in 2010 and became our Admin Manager in June 2010. Sally Jones and Shanti Mabberley also joined our team in 2010.
Iwona Sitkowska joined us in October 2014 as a volunteer whilst her daughter attended Central Pre-school and later became a member of staff and embarked on her NVQ qualifications.
All of these staff members have transferred across to Central@RLK, and many have completed training courses and gained further qualifications whilst they have been with us.
Central Pre-school ceased trading from The Central Community Centre in July 2015 after 37 happy years there. It was a sad moment when we cleared the room but was also a very happy and exciting time to be expanding our provision and opening up in such a wonderful setting!