History

Fiveways from 1965 to 2011

Below is a very condensed story of the past, your family is part of the future!

Fiveways began its life in a church hall in 1965, when a group of mothers wanted somewhere for their children to play. The playgroup obtained permission to use ‘Downs School field’ initially for an hour a day, in time this led to a pre-fabricated hut being built by parents on site. The building served the playgroup for the next 30 years but eventually needed replacing. Following extensive lobbying, fundraising from parents, and with the generous support of Sure Start and the Council Early Years team Fiveways was re-housed in the brand new building opened in 2010. This is a new partnership with Sure Start Children’s services that run alongside the playgroup, although Fiveways Playcentre remains independent. The field continues to be owned by Downs School and is under license for the playgroup to use.

Fiveways has over 109 children registered for Early Years Grants in 2010. The after-school club meets the needs of working parents and provides continuity for children as they move through their school years.

We believe Fiveways is an important part of our local community and we are happy to be continuing partnerships with local schools and Council services that benefit all our children.

Ethos And Community Spirit

Children’s well being, not profit, continues to be at the heart of Fiveways, and is the reason for its success. Our aim to “create a happy, relaxed atmosphere where children, parents and staff all value, respect and care for each other” includes our environment. We encourage children and parents to learn how to ‘tread lightly’ on our planet so the planet can continue to support us and our children in the future.

• Please walk or cycle to the play centre
• Please encourage your children to recycle where possible
• Please help us to look after the outside space and the plants, insects and animals that share it with us.
• We are composting our food waste, if you live in a flat and want to join in – please speak to staff

We know having children under 5 can be stressful (as well as a lot of fun) and we aim to provide a welcoming atmosphere and help build informal community networks. Helping each other out and getting to know your neighbours is important. Friendships developed at Fiveways often continue through out school and beyond for parents and children. Community events such as the summer fair, fireworks night etc… are a good opportunity to get to know people and give our children and ourselves a sense of place in our community, as well as raising funds for Fiveways.

Fiveways have taken out a loan to pay towards our contribution to the new building. Parents involvement in fund raising is critical to help make our repayments.