Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

We are a Not for Profit, Parent Management committee run preschool, which also provides wrap around care clubs for children aged 2-11 years in North Hinksey, Botley , Oxford. We have been in existence since 1972. We look after 120 children each week between 7.45- 18.00, 5 days a week and employ 15 staff, including an apprentice. This project aims to renovate our garden, as the surface has come to the end of it's life, despite maintenance carried out by volunteers. We were rated "Outstanding", by Ofsted, across all areas in November 2014. We have a waiting list for preschoolers and all our clubs, so it is a healthy turnover, however this project needs professional contractors to install the surfaces and the equipment.

This provides an opportunity to make the play space fit for purpose, to provide safe and challenging experiences for all the different ages of children. It would also comply with safety laws, with the correct amount of safety surfacing, for climbing equipment. The aim is for it to be low maintenance, as well as exciting for children. The surface will consist of wet pour, artificial grass, paving, and some natural areas including willow, a mud kitchen, large sandpit, and a safe water play area, as well as some climbing, assault course type of equipment and some open ended structures to build camps under.

So far I have acquired 5 different quotes and designs, which have had the children's ideas incorporated. The aim will be to consult with children, staff and families to choose the best design, once we have secured enough funds.

We have been saving money for 2 years and have secured some other small grants from Co-op, Tesco, and have applied to John Lewis, WH Smith, The vale of the white horse council. We have also held Nearly New Sales, Cake sales, and ran stores at a may fayre, cream teas, Christmas fayre. So we have been doing as much as we can to achieve our goals.

North Hinksey Preschool and Childcare Clubs

Location: North Hinksey Lane, North Hinksey, Oxford, United Kingdom

We have provided high quality childcare and education now for 45 years + and have had thousands of children through our doors. I have managed it since 2012 and have managed to take it to Outstanding; employ all the existing staff; extend and renovate the building; train staff including 3 apprentices
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