Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

Why Us?
Dorking Nursery School and Children’s Centre (“DNSCC”) is the only maintained nursery school in Dorking for children aged 2-5 years and has been at the heart of the Dorking community since 1939. We are proud to have been rated ‘outstanding’ in the last six Ofsted inspections. We have recently been designated as a National Support School by the Department for Education, selected to support schools in challenging circumstances and to train new teachers. In addition, our Children’s Centre is an invaluable resource for local families from birth onwards, offering support and advice as well as activities and courses.

Many of our families have been attending for multiple generations and some of our staff have been with us for decades. We serve the local community by providing a foundation for Dorking families and for children who live in outlying areas who have special learning needs.

We embrace every child’s individual needs. All our children benefit from specially trained teachers and experienced early years staff who create an environment where each child can achieve their full potential.

In line with other maintained schools, funding has become increasingly difficult and we have to use state funding for operational costs, leaving very little for improvement of facilities. We do engage in regular fundraising activities providing new equipment.

We feel that our request for £1000 will help us to achieve our goal of providing improved outdoor learning opportunities for our children.

Our project will focus on health and well-being. At DNSCC, we help and encourage children (and adults) to take control and responsibility for their physical and mental health. We plan to use these funds to extend our outdoor spaces that support sensory play. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain's pathways, which lead to a child's ability to complete more complex learning tasks. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.

How we’ll use the funds
The outdoor spaces that we intend improving are a proven, popular playground resource for nursery schools because they are very cross-curricular, meaning that they can be used to reach many learning objectives from the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Learners enjoy getting hands on playing with mud and water, while also developing important physical, social and emotional skills. We want to build on the facilities we have in place to make them even better for our children.

Enhancing our outdoor spaces promotes physical activity, confidence and more opportunities for developing life skills, negotiation, turn taking, and cooperation. We are confident that this project will have a lasting impact on the children and families who use our services. We are at the heart of Dorking - we like to say that #WeareDorking.

Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre

Location: Dorking

We are proud of the passion and commitment of DNSCC for working in partnership with families and the community to empower each child to reach their personal and learning potential. Our outdoor spaces give some children the only chance they get to safely experience being outside - providing them with