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Stokenchurch Pre School, Buckinghamshire

A new playground at Stokenchurch Community PreSchool has not only resolved their health and safety concerns, it has improved the quality of play for their children in all weathers. Manager Angela Hawkins tells us moreā€¦

Why did you want to develop your preschool garden?  

First and foremost, whilst our children might be little we think getting active, outdoors is important.  We were determined that our outdoor space should be used more imaginatively, to improve the quality of outdoor play for every child.  

In addition we needed to resolve the health and safety implications of having an uneven playing surface.  If we could do this and improve the play opportunities it seemed like the perfect solutions.

 

What were the key elements that made Playforce stand out from other providers?
The key elements which made Playforce stand out were the professional way they came and visited us to work out what we needed and how they could provide us with it for a small budget without compromising on standards. The brochure was clear and easy to understand and the quote and design of the plans made it clear for our parents to see what we were fundraising for.

Our installation was quick, with minimal disruption and the communication was good during and after the installation with phone call updates.

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Our installation was quick, with minimal disruption and the communication was good during and after the installation with phone call updates.

How are you using the space to deliver outdoor learning and educational play?

We purchased a specially designed EYFS Discovery Cabin.  The children use the tower slide in a range of imaginative ways, which is great.  For instance, they pretend it is a variety of different shops, like an ice-cream shop or greengrocers, and enjoy imaginative play together.  And the large children are starting to come up with more challenging, active uses, which demonstrates the lifespan of our play space.

What are the biggest benefits you have seen for the children?
The biggest benefits are that the children play outside for longer in all weathers and it is a much safer environment now the uneven surface has been resolved.  Thank you Playforce!
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