Wendover Pre-school, Buckinghamshire celebrates the installation of their new canopy

Learning has never been so much fun for the children of Wendover Pre-school in Buckinghamshire since the recent installation of their colourful new canopy. Ever since the pre-school updated their garden area, they have been working hard to raise funds for a canopy so that the children could play and learn outdoors in all weather and all year round.

The pre-school, that cares for up to 25 children each day, chose a wall mounted canopy, which was supplied and installed by Able Canopies. The new installation now allows the staff and children free flow from indoor to outdoor activities and gives the children access to fresh air even on rainy days.  It also offers up to 99.9% UV protection which was an important consideration for the pre-school as they wanted to provide a canopy which not only protected the children from bad weather but also blocked out the sun’s harmful UV rays, allowing the children to play outdoors safely in sunny weather too.

In order to purchase the canopy the children and staff took part in a variety of fundraising activities as Sarah Smith, the Pre-school Secretary explains: The canopy was made possible through fundraising, the majority of which was generously donated by The Harpenden Building Society.  Other fundraising activities (supported by our parents and friends) have included a sponsored carnival walk, the sale of Christmas crafts made by the children, tea towels and the Christmas raffle.”

The canopy which was installed during the Christmas break caused much excitement when the children returned. Sharon Tapping, Wendover Pre-school Leader says: “The children were so excited when we returned to Pre-school in January and couldn’t wait to get outside to play. We have had many positive comments from parents. […] The staff are thrilled with the new canopy and are looking forward to all the extra opportunities that it will bring. It is great to be able to set up the outdoor area each morning without having to rely on the weather forecast to make a decision as to whether we get all the resources out or not.”

The Pre-school leader, Sharon Tapping explains the advantages of their new outdoor learning area, “The new canopy is a wonderful addition to the Pre-school. We now have a brilliant all weather learning and play area for the children and staff to enjoy. We were amazed at how quickly it was done – all in one day – and how helpful and accommodating Able Canopies were. We would also like to thank The Harpenden Building Society for making our wish come true.”

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