Bramford Pre-School Playgroup Celebrates New Canopy Along with a Glowing OFSTED Report

Pupils at Bramford Pre-School Playgroup in Ipswich, Suffolk now have a sheltered outdoor playing area that will allow them to play and learn outside all year round thanks to the installation of a new wall mounted canopy.

The canopy supplied by Able Canopies was funded by a grant from Early Years at Suffolk County Council and an Easter fundraising event at the pre-school which included a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses, and a visit from the Easter bunny himself!

The new canopy provides extra teaching space and will enable the children to play outdoors all year round, even in bad weather. The canopy’s polycarbonate roofing system also provides UV protection which ensures the children are able to play outdoors safely in sunny weather without getting sun burnt.  Sharon Thompson who has been the Pre-School leader for 11 years explains the benefits the canopy now brings to the school: “The canopy allows the children a free-flow of play and enables us to enjoy the outside area whatever the weather.”

The Pre-School that caters for 49 children recently received a glowing OFSTED report achieving outstanding or good in all categories. They have also received 5 stars out of 5 in a recent hygiene inspection which is very important. “We are very pleased with our achievements and along with the installation of the canopy we’ve had a good year.” – Verona Banks – Pre-School Administrator.

The staff at Bramford Pre-School Playgroup are planning to hold an Olympic themed sponsored event in the summer to raise additional funds needed to complete the groundwork under the canopy and to further develop the outside area.

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