Pre-school at home in transformed shed

Delighted: Pat Broadhead, centre, joins staff and pupils  at Malin Bridge Pre-school to celebrate their move.''PICTURES: DEAN ATKINS.

Delighted: Pat Broadhead, centre, joins staff and pupils at Malin Bridge Pre-school to celebrate their move.''PICTURES: DEAN ATKINS.

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It WAS a rundown shed, with no windows, doors, heating or water, and only three walls.

But now it’s the new building for Sheffield’s Malin Bridge Pre-school, enjoyed by 60 youngsters aged two to four.

The centre was opened officially by Dr Pat Broadhead, Sheffield’s Early Years Champion, who cut a ceremonial ribbon.

It means the school now has two buildings, the other a mobile in the grounds of Malin Bridge Primary School.

Pat Ward, pre-school manager, said the project had cost about £60,000.

She said: “Previously we were operating in one of the primary school classrooms.

“The shed was in a rundown state and we had to install everything from scratch.

“We’ve been in the new building for about six weeks now and it has been going very well.

“The facilities will be well used as we also hold an after-school club here.

“Everybody is really happy with the new building and the pre-school as a whole is going from strength to strength.”