Axe Vale Festival chips in with £500 for All Saints Wise Owls Pre-school’s outdoor play

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 April 2017

Wise Owls Pre School youngsters in their new outdoor muddy kitchen. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Wise Owls Pre School youngsters in their new outdoor muddy kitchen. Picture: CHRIS CARSON


The creation of an outdoor play area at All Saints Wise Owls Pre-school has been given a major cash boost.

A £500 donation from the Axe Vale Festival provided the lion’s share of the £600 needed to buy building materials.

Organisers were also grateful to one of the dads - Jamie McClimonds - for carrying out the construction work in his spare time at no extra cost.

A spokeswoman said: “The outdoor covered area has made a massive difference to the pre-school as the children can play in all weathers and they absolutely love it! It fits in with our aim to give young children a variety of valuable experiences to help them to be more sensitive, capable, considerate and creative people.

“We are aiming to further enhance our outdoor equipment and play areas so we are holding a cream tea afternoon from 2pm - 4pm on Saturday, April 29, in All Saints Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to come along and support us while enjoying a cream tea and lots of other activities.”

Meanwhile, All Saints Wise Owls underwent an Ofsted inspection in January and has been rated ‘good’ in all areas.

Inspectors observed that all children make good progress from their starting points. Staff use their observations and assessments well to plan activities to support future learning. The manager has effective systems to monitor children’s development to identify and address any gaps in their learning promptly. The report adds: “Children are happy and confident with good self-esteem. They show through their relationships with staff and each other that they feel emotionally secure.”

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