The Lighthouse Centre is part of school life|
During construction, the children benefitted from observing and experiencing every construction stage and worked with Stobbarts, the contractor, to understand what was happening, contributing their questions and ideas. One special project day the children arrived in role so school was filled with engineers, architects, bank managers, accountants, builders, lorry drivers, Chief Executives and interior designers. The project was always designed to be aspirational and that particular day demonstrated that aspirations were high.
The Lighthouse Centre Project began in July 2010 and was opened in September 2011|
The following public, private and volunatry bodies supported this innovative project.
The Business Plan|
The secret to solving the economic challenge to establish funding a new build was in the Business Plan. Funders do not award money to educational organisations believing that this is the government's responsibility. An innovative business solution evolved to 1) establish a new social enterprise catering business to supply school and community healthy food, 2) include sustainable energy to reduce revenue costs where possible which would create income to 3) sustain the upkeep of a building which could offer premises to Haverigg Nursery as an indpendent nursery business.
The rationale for seeking pupose built accomodation for nursery and pre-school childcare was morally and educationally sound but economically challenging. Everyone understood the need for state of the art surroundings for early years education and the importance of the service Haverigg Nursery's childcare provides a community. Without such successful childcare provision parents' ability to work and retrain would be severely restricted. At the time, Haverigg Nursery offered the only full wrap around childcare provision in the area which has expanded and continues today from the Lighthouse Centre.
The Lighthouse Centre Concept|
The Lighthouse Centre has emerged as a direct result of the school's desire to locate the successful village private nursery onto the school campus. Almost ten years ago, the nursery accomodation was not fit for 21st century education and the building was falling apart. The Headteacher and key governors began the journey to seek a solution to improve the educational environment for pre-school children which could impact on children's development before starting main stream school. Haverigg Nursery committee worked closely alongside the school.