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The Little Oaks Playschool

Framlingham Road, Dennington, Suffolk, IP13 8DD

The Playgroup has now relocated to its new site on Framlingham Road. For details, please go to https://badinghamplayschool.weebly.com/little-oaks-playschool.html

Here is the report given to the 2023 Annual Parish Meeting:

Little Oaks Playschool is due to open in August 2023 at the beautiful site in Dennington Village. This will be the new home for Badingham Playschool which is currently being run from The Westbury Centre, Framlingham and The Woodland Nursery at Red Barn Farm, Badingham.

The Badingham Playschool charity will continue to be the registered provider for Ofsted (charity number 1036342) but the nursery will be known as Little Oaks Playschool.

Badingham Playschool is 50 years old this year and this new building is an incredible way to mark the milestone.

Currently Playschool has 11 members of staff – 2 of whom live in Dennington.

There are 38 children on roll with a maximum of 24 attending on any given day. There are an additional 3 children starting Playschool over the next month.

Seven children will leave to go to Primary School this September.

There are 19 additional children on the waiting list to start attending Playschool late this summer or in the Autumn term.

As well as superb indoor facilities the new Playschool will provide challenging and exciting outdoor opportunities for children to develop physical skills and learn about the natural world. The outside space is designed to enhance the natural environment and increase biodiversity. Two community planting events have enabled us to begin planting the hedging around the site. Further planting this Autumn will see the development of wooded areas within the play space.

We are happy to announce that on 1st July 2023 from 2pm Playschool staff will be able to welcome people into the new building to show them the facility. At this time, we will have documents and photographs from the Playschool archive on display and we would love to add further memories/anecdotes to this.

Michele Cole
Badingham Playschool 

For more information on the nursery, please contact: m.cole9@btinternet.com

The planning decision was made in May 2021 and can be read here.

Building work started in September2022 and we received updates on the progress. Here are some of the photos from the project manager:

Week Beginning:

5th June: Work’s progress continues to be strong although this will need to continue in order to meet 20th June.  Pictures attached of the plant room and whiterock wall cladding.

Plant Room 2        Whiterock walls3

29th May: Works have lurched forward this past week with multiple trades on site.  Current works include for the second fix electrical work, wall finishes and suspended ceilings all well on the way.  Externally, the car park is taking shape with the kerb stones likely to be complete very soon.

Exterior May 23          Interior of Hall May 23 

24th April: This week the external works were progressing now the engineers are back on site.  All of the below ground pipes have been laid.  Roof insulation is being laid internally and window reveal linings being fitted.

Late April 2023          Entrance late April 2023

10th April: Work continues to progress with the external works to recommence now the roofing works are practically complete and the scaffold down.

Soon the second fix mechanical and electrical will commence along with the finishes.

Interior of Hall April 24               April 23 Interior 2

6th March: Work continues to progress well with the underfloor heating due to be installed today and floor screed laid tomorrow.  The roofing contractor has pulled off site due to the adverse weather however as soon as the weather front passes we anticipate they will return to complete the roof covering.

8th March partitions for roomsPartitions for rooms 2

27th February: 

You may have noticed an increase in site activity which is very positive, albeit expected.  The roof covering is currently being placed as with the beginnings of the external wall cladding.  The ground worker has also returned to press on with more of the civil engineering works.

Internally, M&E are also pushing forward with their first fix work.

The roof going on February 23More interiors 

13th February: Progress is starting to pick back up with the internal partitions nearing completion and porch roof structure now in place.  The first fix electrics and plumbing will start from Monday 13th February 2023.

It is expected that site activity will increase now the other trades are on site.

Roof under a blue February sky13th Feb interiors

6th February 2023: Work has picked-up this last week with the roofing felt and battens being applied as with the battens to the external wall in preparation for the wall cladding.  The M&E contractors are gearing-up for the first fix and the windows are due to be on site this coming week.


30th January 2023: Progress has been slow these last couple of weeks with fascia and soffit boards being fitted and other minor tasks.  We are informed that roofing works (felt and battens) and the ground worker for drainage works are returning and we’ll see progress pick back up.

Despite this, the project remains to programme.  As little progress was made last week, we didn’t make a site visit and hence no photographs attached

23rd January 2023:  The roof structure is basically finished now, the contractor is hoping to felt the roof covering in the next period to assist in making the structure watertight which will allow the other trades to press on. 23rd January 2023Inside the building January 24th 23

16th January 2023: I trust everyone had a good Christmas and New Year.

Blockwork almost finished January 2023Understandably, work ceased over the Christmas period however no doubt you have noticed that activity has recommenced.  The blockwork is now complete as with 99% of the roof structure.  We are expecting the roof covering to proceed in the next couple of weeks depending on the roofing contractor’s availability.

Inside the building Jan 23Internal partitions have begun, and the project remains to programme.

19th December: No doubt you would have noticed the trusses have been delivered and placed on the superstructure.  The blockwork continues to be placed now forming the gable walls and subject to the weather will be complete for the Christmas shutdown.  Some internal partitions are being constructed and the project, for now remains to programme.

Week beginning 19th Dec 22 Roof Trusses are on    Week beginning 19th Dec 22

12th December: Progress remains good with the blockwork nearing completion.  The truss rafters arrived on site and will be erected this side of the Christmas shutdown.  The first internal partitions have been framed-out and the building is taking shape.    

December 10 4   December 10 5

5th December: The facework (outer blockwork) has begun to progress despite the bad weather and is up to a level whereby the scaffold is required.  The scaffold is being erected and it is anticipated the roofing contractor will be on site towards the end of next week.

December 5th 1    December 5th 3

21st November: Progress remains good with the blockwork being raised to wall plate height in some areas.  The contractor will be meeting the roofing contractor this week with a view to placing the order for the roof trusses.

 Brick work continues week beginning 21st Nov 22

14th November: Last week's progress was good with the brick layers on site.  They will now progress the super structure.

 Bricklayers started work Nov 24Brick work started Nov 24

7th November: The concrete block and beam floor was installed last week as planned.  The bricklayers are on site at present and will press on with constructing the superstructure.

31st October: Block and beam floor due to be delivered tomorrow and installed by the end of the week. The brick layers are due to arrive Friday and will progress next week.

Roof truss manufacturer will be in site on Monday to take preliminary information for fabrication

17th October: By means of the weekly update, the mainframe has now been erected and blockwork constructed up to DPC level.
It is anticipated that the block and beam floor will be installed this week which will allow the superstructure to commence.

Steelwork delivery took place last week with the main frame now erected.  Blockwork masonry to DPC due to commence this week in preparation of the block and beam floor installation.

4th October: Steel members due to be delivered to site and erection begun. Blocks due to be delivered to site the end of this week with a view to commencement of block laying week commencing 10th October.

Nursery Building work October 2022

26th September: Foundation pour completed, site prepared for crane and cherry picker e.g. laying of a crane mat etc. in preparation for upcoming steel frame erection.