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Following on from 4Children’s successful takeover, Chelmsford West Children’s Centre was given a recent boost when the centre’s coordinator, Sophie Beckwith arranged for staff, volunteers and the Essex landscaping company, Naio Environmental Ltd to give their time and resources into transforming the centre’s overgrown garden into an inspirational outside space for parents, carers and children to explore and learn in a healthy and safe environment.
As part of this, a vegetable patch has been developed for children to enjoy and learn how to plant vegetables which they can then have as snacks in the Children’s Centre group sessions or they can take them home with recipe cards supplied by the children’s centre.
The newly developed grassed area will also enable ‘Stay & Play’ sessions for them to move outside and be given the opportunity to benefit from free and unstructured play outdoors that will allow them to explore, enjoy and learn from imaginative and creative play.
Commenting upon the work, 4Children's volunteer coordinator, Wendy Tayler said:
As half of pre-school age children do not play outside each day, the benefits of this work are invaluable for increasing physical activity, enhancing imaginative and creative play, promoting problem solving skills, increasing the body’s vitamin D levels and developing stronger immune systems.
As a result, all of us at the Centre are immensely grateful for the hard work put in by the volunteers and NAIO Environmental LTD.”
Notes to Editors
4Children is the national charity all about children and families. We have spearheaded a joined-up, integrated approach to children’s services and work with a wide range of partners around the country to ensure children and families have access to the services and support they need in their communities. We run Sure Start Children’s Centres as well as family and youth services across Britain.
We develop, influence and shape national policy on all aspects of the lives of children, young people and families. As the Government’s strategic partner for early years and childcare we have a crucial role in co-producing policy with the Department of Education and representing the sector’s views and experiences. Our national campaigns, like Give Me Strength, change policy and practice and put the needs of children and families on the political and policy agenda.
For more information visit www.4children.org.uk
Chelmsford West Children’s Centre can also be contacted via 01245 283254
Naio Environmental Ltd
Essex-based landscapers Naio Environmental Ltd, is an innovative, award-winning landscaping company that offers ultra-efficient solutions that shape the outdoor environment.
For more information visit http://www.naioltd.com/