Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

Heydays is a small pre-school based in Four Marks in Hampshire. It has been established for over 30 years and is a highly regarded educational asset in the local community. It provides pre-school facilities for children within the age range 2 to 5 years. The Pre-school is administrated by an elected committee which includes parents and representatives from the pre-school staff.

Over the last year with some fantastic support from our parent volunteers we have worked hard to develop our outdoor area, as we believe the outdoor environment creates a unique learning environment.

In order to complement the efforts achieved so far, we are seeking funding to provide a canopy shelter to assist with outdoor learning in all weather conditions. This will enable the children to experience the changes of the seasons and develop the children’s understanding and compassion towards nature, animals and insects whilst stimulating the children with a teaching environment in the fresh air.

As part of our enrichment programme we would like to be able to introduce music in the outdoor environment. Music is an amazing source of inclusion for all children and is an excellent way of expressing yourself, communicating and building self-confidence. Having outdoor musical instruments will offer children cognitive, emotional and physical play opportunities for all ages and abilities.

BENEFITS

Being outside will provide our pupils with different sensory experiences and will encourage child led activities, participation and creativity. Playing a musical instrument and singing can improve sense of self-worth and well-being and can have a positive impact on a child’s learning skills and can be transferred to other areas of the curriculum such as numeracy and literacy.

To enable our children to access music in our garden we would like to purchase some natural musical instruments that reflect different cultures.

The benefits to the children will be endless and these facilities can be used for many years to come and will benefit successive generations too.

To ensure our children are given this wonderful opportunity to experience music in our outdoor garden we would be incredibly grateful for any financial assistance for this wonderful project.

Heydays Preschool

Moment of Pride

Heydays vision is to do the very best for each and every child, recognising their natural need for play, the value of being in nature and the importance of following children's individual interests.

Location: Four Marks