Who are we?
We are St Tudy Pre-School and have been located in the village hall at St Tudy, Cornwall since 1981. We have been extremely lucky to have the support of another group within the village who have sourced us our own premises (previously a music classroom situated at a junior school in Newquay) of which they have funded the project to date. It is situated in the playing fields opposite the village school.
This is a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to grow our Pre-School, deliver outstanding childcare for Early Years and be more joined up with the school.
We are a charity run preschool by a volunteer led committee of seven parents and staff. We employ seven members of staff, two volunteers and have 25 children that attend our Pre-School ranging from 12 months to 5 years old.
Having our own premises will enable us to offer many more services such wrap around care. We will be offering this for our families both of the preschool and the primary school too.
Throughout the planning stages of the building work, our aim was to incorporate a sensory room within the premises. We have been very lucky and have had a huge amount of tradesmen volunteer their time to get the premises ready for opening.
We now have two classrooms, one with access to our outside area for free flow play, the other will be our baby room with a separate sensory room. We also have an office and reception area, kitchen, toilets, separate baby changing room with disabled toilet.
This has been a long term goal for the preschool and now we are so very close to completing the premises, but we are hoping to raise £2500 to have a fully equipped sensory room with resources and equipment to enable ALL children of ALL abilities to experience a calm and nurturing environment to explore their senses.
We would like to be able to offer the sensory room to the wider community by offering sessions to children who attend our weekly stay and play group. With the primary school opposite our new setting we will be working closely with the school, and would like children at the school to benefit from the room too.
The importance of Sensory Play for Early Years
From birth, children are exploring their senses and processing new information. They begin to make sense of the world around them as they grow through the exploration of new textures, materials and resources. Sensory play is a valuable way of engaging children in activities that will heighten their senses and enrich their learning.
Is sensory play really that important?
Yes! Sensory play encourages discovery and independent thinking, as well as inspiring imagination and creativity. Research shows that there are many different ways in which sensory play can benefit a child’s development and learning.
Here are some of the key benefits of sensory play:
- Brain Development
- Language Development
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills
- Problem Solving Skills
- Cognitive Growth
- Social Interaction
Sensory rooms have huge benefits to all children and we are very excited to be at this stage. We would like to buy equipment such as fibre optic lights, sensory colour bubble tubes, mirrors, sensory panels, sensory exploration resources to create this environment.
Please support our project to make our dream become a reality.