Local MP, Steve Brine, donned his Santa hat today to bring a touch of Christmas to a pre-school in Micheldever Station.
Micheldever and Stratton Pre-School recently moved to its new home at the Warren Centre, from East Stratton, and had a visit from Mr Brine last Friday.
Steve says; “When I dropped by last week the children were sorting through the Christmas box and testing the lights but they were missing the tree to put them on.
“So I picked one up from Cobbs in Headbourne Worthy this morning and dropped it to them on my way to Westminster. It was perfect as there was even snow on the ground. They were really surprised but delighted and as I left were happily putting the decorations on the tree.”
Nicola Mann-Rae, Preschool Manager, said; “The preschool children, families, staff and committee are so excited that Steve was extremely generous in making our Christmas with a tree for us to decorate. As a local charity run preschool, we value the kindness and generosity of our local MP, the local community and our preschool family. As a small, family feel run preschool, our children and families are all very important to each and everyone of us, without whom we would not continue to exist.”
The MP, who chairs the all-party group for childcare and early education in Parliament, added; “Early years did really well in the recent Budget, we negotiated a £170m uplift in funding paid to early years providers, but it’s often the little things they miss out on so hope the tree gift helped just a little.”
Pictured; Nicola Mann-Rae, Preschool Manager, and Moria Whitehorn, Deputy Manager, with Steve Brine MP and some of the children as the tree arrived.
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Anyone interested in the Micheldever and Stratton Pre-School can find more details at : www.micheldeverandstrattonpreschool.co.uk