One-stop shop for schooling

ESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY
Last updated 05:00 12/12/2012
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MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ
NEW PRESCHOOL: Proposed licensee of the Timaru Christian Preschool, Bryan Rapsey, in the almost completed building which will open in 2013.

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Timaru's newest preschool is expected to open in early 2013 on the Christian School grounds.

The Christian School has had input into the project which will have the same philosophy based on a Christian view of the world.

Proposed licensee Bryan Rapsey who managed Parents As First Teachers for five years said the Timaru Christian Preschool will not be exclusive and will be integrated like the school.

He came up with the idea after North Haven Childcare & Education Centre spent seven months in the original building last year while its own premises were being renovated.

"It showed me how a preschool and primary school could work well together," he said.

Mr Rapsey said the older primary school students enjoyed reading to the preschoolers and the preschool children enjoyed watching the older children play.

Though separate from the school, the preschool children will have the advantage of access to the school's hall and library.

He hopes the facilities will help preschoolers transition smoothly to primary school.

Alterations to the existing building and chattels are in the process of being completed by Mr Rapsey. Making old sewing machine benches into a viewing platform so the children can see out of the windows is just one aspect of the high visual flow and use of natural light. The open-plan design will enable staff to see from one end of the building to the other while a high fence with windows allows children to be able to see out from their protected area.

Mr Rapsey is in the initial stages of applying for a licence to operate two daily sessions with 30 children aged 2 to 5-years-old. But he does not plan to remain licensee for more than a few years, "just enough time to get it going".

He hopes it will open early on in the first term.

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- The Timaru Herald

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