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Foundation unit plan for Litcham school revealed


By Eve Tawfick


Plans for a new foundation unit at a village school, making use of a former Children's Centre, have been outlined.

Controversial proposals to shut more than two thirds of the sites across the county, including all but two in West Norfolk, were approved by county councillors in January.

But, now, officials say at least 10 of the closed buildings are in the process of being transferred for use by other organisations.

And one of those groups is Litcham School, where the centre is now to be used to house its reception class as part of a new foundation unit with the village's pre-school.

Litcham School
Litcham School

The project is part of the development of the authority's new early childhood and family service, which is due to be launched this autumn.

John Fisher, the county council's cabinet member for children's services, said: "The new service will be able to help more of the children and families that need support.

“It is aimed at increasing the proportion of children achieving their developmental milestones, reducing neglect and increasing social mobility.

“We can do this by moving services out of children’s centre buildings into people’s homes and community venues.

"In freeing up this space we can create more nursery provision, specialist school places and library space, which all fit with the aims of the service.”



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