Local Grant Allows Pre-School to Enjoy the Outdoors Whatever the Weather

Little Dragons Pre School in Great Bromley are reaping the benefits of their new canopy which allows them to play and learn outside all year round. The children can now create concoctions with their mud kitchen, get lost in story time and enjoy free-flow play in the fresh air whist keeping sheltered from the weather.

Their canopy was officially opened this week with a cutting of the Ribbon, however the children and parents have been enjoying their new canopy for a couple of weeks now.

Karen Montgomery the Pre School Manage explained:

“The canopy has allowed us to re-design our outdoor play space knowing that the children will now be able to spend more time outside in all weather conditions for longer periods of time because they will be sheltered from the sun and rain. We are really pleased with how the canopy has been fitted along with the water butt that the children access daily for their mud kitchen.”

The staff had been hoping to add a canopy to their facilities since they moved to their current premises back in January 2013 and was finally able to do so with the grant that they gratefully received from the Ardleigh Solar Farm Community Benefit Fund.

The pre-school which has been running for 40 years and cares for around 30 children, has received many positive comments from parents about the canopy which was supplied by Able Canopies Ltd. as they can now also keep dry when picking their children.

“I think the canopy if a fantastic addition to the outside play area, it looks very smart, and I’m sure it has already made a huge difference to going outside in ‘all’ ‘weathers. The pre-school is so lucky to have a modern, durable, outside structure for the children, and staff’s benefit. Brilliant!”

“I love the new canopy, it makes the outdoor space more accessible in bad weather and more versatile in hot weather. It adds a bit of shade for the hot days! the size is brilliant as it doesn’t take up the whole garden.”

“So great to have an outside space that all the children can enjoy, whatever the weather!”

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