Marchwood Pre-School children get active thanks to local donation

Children at Mulberry Pre-School in Marchwood are now able to enjoy the use of a new climbing tower and slide thanks to a £5,000 donation from the Barker-Mill Foundation (BMF).

The play equipment will help the children, who are between two and school age, with their physical development, social skills (taking turns), language and maths. Some of the money from the donation will also being used to start work on the rest of the Pre-Schools’ outdoor area to transform it into a learning space, with a mud kitchen, bug hotel, music area, small world play area and vegetable patch.

Wendy Precious, Manager of Mulberry Pre-School said: “The new climbing tower and slide will benefit the children greatly as we did not have anything like this, and I know they have been extremely excited about it. This will give all our children the opportunity to access the outdoor area and enhance their learning whilst enjoying themselves in the fresh air.

“The aim for the other outdoor learning space is to have somewhere we can use all year round to teach the children about nature as well as following the EYFS. We cannot expect the next generation to look after our planet if they are not taught about nature, so hopefully we can spark an interest in this area for them.”

Tim Jobling, BMF Trustee, recently visited Mulberry Pre-School to join in with the formal opening of the new play equipment. Shortly after cutting the ribbon he said: “It was a pleasure to come here today to see how our donation has been used, and learn more about how it will benefit the children. To see them smiling and enjoying their new play facilities was wonderful.”

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