Pre-school opens new play area with assault course and sensory garden
- Credit: Charlotte Bond
Claydon Pre-school has unveiled its new play area after raising £10,000 in cash to fund the refurbishment.
The school has spent the last three and a half years fundraising for its new play area and finally opened the gates last week.
Acting childcare operations manager, Jo Bean, has been working there since early 2014 and said they wanted the new space to be somewhere the children could be "at one with nature".
"We wanted to put in things that the children would love," she said. "We had a track a while ago and they really liked that so we wanted to have a new one.
"Before Covid we had summer fetes, bingo, Christmas fetes, a Halloween disco and all sorts to fundraise for it, but then the pandemic got in the way of things."
Now the refurbishment is complete there's a slide with a roof and sides for kids between two and four, along with an assault course with a wobbly bridge to replace the one staff made with planks and tires.
There's a music area, wooden tipis to hide in and a sensory path, which the staff want to line with sensory plants to create a little chill out space.
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"Since I've been working here I've been very passionate about the revamp," she added.
"I wanted to have an outdoor space where the kids can just be free and be at one with nature.
"The local community has been very supportive and without the parents we wouldn't have been able to do this."