Village pre-school merges with school reception to create new class for two to five-year-olds.

Pre-school leader Carole Henderson with children and parents enjoying play in the newly refurbished Foundation Stage Class building at West Down School.Pre-school leader Carole Henderson with children and parents enjoying play in the newly refurbished Foundation Stage Class building at West Down School.

WEST Down's pre-school has officially become part of the village primary school to create a new Foundation Stage Class.

The newly refurbished Reception class area of the school reopened last month to cater for youngsters aged from two to five-years-old as part of one group.

West Down, part of the West Berry Federation with Berrynarbor, is different to some Foundation units, with all the children in one 'class', but at the official opening of the new facility on Wednesday, staff said they were already delighted with the results.

The team from the former independent pre-school, led by a parent committee, have been working alongside existing West Down staff throughout the summer to make the merger possible.

Children and parents enjoy play activities in the newly refurbished Foundation Stage Class building at West Down School.Children and parents enjoy play activities in the newly refurbished Foundation Stage Class building at West Down School.

"Pre-school leader Carole Henderson and I feel really fortunate to have such a strong team in the pre-school, we have worked very well together," said class teacher Faye Poynter.

"It is an environment that allows children to play and work together at their own level of development. There are already plenty of examples where the older children act as role models to the younger ones.

"We have had positive feedback from parents and we're trying to get the word out there that we have spaces and would like people to come along, have a look and see what they think."

West Down School can be contacted 01271 863461.

Children and parents enjoy play activities in the newly refurbished Foundation Stage Class building at West Down School.Children and parents enjoy play activities in the newly refurbished Foundation Stage Class building at West Down School.