Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Submitted by: BMG Insurance

Description

Teconnaught cross community pre-school has been up and running in the local community for 25 years. Since 1998 the pre-school has been affiliated with the Education Board, Social Services and an Early years Advisor. We cater for 26 children in their pre-school year- 3 years turning 4 in the year that they attend the preschool.
The pre-school consists of 4 full time staff and 1 part-time and 1 Special Educational Needs Assistant. Most of our staff have worked here well over 10 years, so a majority of experienced staff. During the year we have students from local secondary schools and volunteers. We have a strong Management Committee consisting of parents and book keeper who help run the unit in the best possible way for children, staff and parents.
In 2005 and 2013 we received ‘Outstanding’ – the highest accolade. Again this has been attributed to experienced staff, excellent learning resources, up to date training for all staff and an industrious Management Committee.
We believe that all our young children require a safe, secure, healthy and stimulating environment with adequate provision. We believe in children feeling secure in their relationships with adults and aware that adults are there to support them. It is important that staff motivate, challenge and stimulate all children. We have six areas of learning which include: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, The Arts, Language Development, Early Mathematical and The World around Us. All staff plan, observe and evaluate the day so that children are developing confidence, independence and learning opportunities

The Sensory Garden Project is a project that has been developed every year. The aim of our project is to have the indoors-outdoors! We believe that children are spending too much time indoors on ipads or in front of the television. We are striving to show children what an amazing time you can have outdoors.
Getting the facilities right is a great start!
Through fundraising we purchased a mud kitchen from local suppliers, purchased a wooden shed and replaced all wood as rotten, purchased a sand pit and added a mosaic which contains scenes of our seasons and the lifecycle of the butterfly.

There are so many demands from the fundraising that we complete year on year that we have not been able to complete our sensory garden. We would really like £2000 to finally complete our project and give our children a wonderful facitity to have the indoors- outdoors. We would really love to see our project completed over the next year by adding storage units, a quiet area, digging area for the children, bug hotel, outdoor overalls, sensory planting area including tubs, small world resources which will develop language, nature, gross motor skills and most importantly a love for the outdoors. We want to be outdoors as much as possible.

Teconnaught Cross Community Pre-school

Location: Crossgar

We are so proud of our sensory garden project as it is giving our children the opportunity to get in touch with the outdoors in a fun and exciting way. We are so proud of all the dedicated staff and local community members who have dedicated so much of their time to our project.
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