Longparish Little School: 'Helping Your Child Grow Through Play.'
Longparish Little School is a small, friendly and very happy village preschool. We are a Charity based preschool managed by a committee of volunteers and run by a very experienced and caring team.
Claire Nash, the Preschool Manager has been running Little School for 18 years. She says;
"We believe that children learn and develop best when they are able choose where and what they play. Being engaged in an activity that interests them in a well-resourced activity area creates the right mindset for learning to take place."
We are lucky to be set in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, and we would like to rejuvenate our outside area to complement this. Just like at home, we want our outside area to be an extension of the inside, so all the activities we offer can be done inside or out. For example, areas for the children to draw, read, use their imagination and explore whilst experiencing the outside environment.
"We believe that outdoor activities contribute to the children’s health, physical development and their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We therefore encourage all children to take part in both child-led and adult-led outdoor activities, and we would like to raise funds to ensure we have an outside play area that complements this. The current outside play area is 15 years old and has served us well, but now we need to improve on this to ensure we have a safe and inviting area for children to explore, play and learn."
Some of the outdoor activities we like to do, include:
- Cooking in the Mud Kitchen
- Growing herbs, fruit & vegetables
- Using our imagination and going on magical journeys
- Toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate
How can you help?
Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we have been unable to run all our usual fundraising activities, so please help us raise funds to rejuvenate our outside area. We would like to replace our surfacing, as you can see from the pictures it has served us well, but we would like a more naturalistic surface and would like to have the safer surface artificial grass, like the image below.
We would also like to invest in some new outdoor play equipment and create our own resources with an emphasis on recycling and the environment. For example, raised planters so the children can learn about growing their own food which we can then use for snack and cooking.