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Play area left in a muddle
2:59pm Thursday 9th February 2012 in News
YOUNGSTERS are hoping a business can help them transform muddy puddles into their dream playground.
Pupils at St Philip’s Pre-school, Westbrook, are appealing for help with the redesign and development of the play area after conditions have made the area unusable most of the year.
Tony Grimes, chairman of the preschool, said: “Currently our play area is nothing more than a churned up lawned area with shrubs and bushes bordering the perimeter.
“We have enlisted the help of 22 volunteers from the Environment Agency for one day in April to help us prepare the ground.
“However, we are in need of some help with the design of a new play area and also with the provision of materials and products that could help bring our dream for our preschool children to fruition.”
The non-profit, charitable organisation, run by a committee consisting of parents and grandparents, provides pre-school education for 32 children aged between three and four.
Mr Grimes added: “We have now reached the stage where we must address this problem in order to keep on providing an acceptable educational environment for pre-school children at these premises.
“We believe the children should not have to be confined to the indoors for three hours at a time but have the opportunity to develop their learning and skills through outdoor play.
“We hope our current intake of children will benefit from some new outdoor space, especially as some of their parents and grandparents have been instrumental in driving this project forward and have been very kind with their time and money.”