More changes at Ipswich pre-school

AFTER having to install security measures due to numerous break-ins, an Ipswich pre-school is today facing more changes.Last year staff at the Toybox Pre-School successfully campaigned to bulldoze nearby garages used by drug addicts as well as adding extra security following three break-ins within a fortnight.

AFTER having to install security measures due to numerous break-ins, an Ipswich pre-school is today facing more changes.

Last year staff at the Toybox Pre-School successfully campaigned to bulldoze nearby garages used by drug addicts as well as adding extra security following three break-ins within a fortnight.

But after a year of no break-ins or sight of hyperdermic needles the organisers have been told the county council is looking into possible changes into the running of the school.

Suffolk County Council has told staff from the pre-school, in Gatacre Road, changes may come into place when the school's lease runs out at the end of the year.

Sandra Baker, Toybox manager, said: "We had to fight to keep this place open a year ago and lost a lot of children at the time.

"We are now back to full capacity and have had a successful year.

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"Since the problems we have had a burglar alarm fitted, a stronger front door put in, a steel back door put in, wired windows and a sensor light installed.

"We have gone to a lot of trouble to protect the place."

The pre-school opened in 1984, in Burlington Road church hall, and moved to its current location in 1997.

Ken Sanderson, Suffolk County Council's childcare development manager, said: "Although there is planning consent for the temporary buildings on the school site until 2008, the pre-school's lease is due to expire at the end of this year.

"We have taken this opportunity to discuss current requirements and plans for the future with the pre-school and the school. 

"We are discussing different options for the future, bearing in mind new developments are happening in Suffolk such as the extended schools initiative."

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