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Pendeen nursery creates a garden great for little explorers

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

All the fun of the garden – without the mud.

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A PENDEEN nursery has created its own all-weather garden thanks to the fundraising efforts of parents and help from St Just Town Council.

Pre-schoolers, toddlers and babies at The Children's Ark have all been benefiting from the collective efforts.

The existing garden space at the nursery had been unusable during the winter months as it became too muddy and waterlogged for the younger children.

With the help of the grant and money raised by staff and parents the area has been resurfaced with artificial turf and rubber, enabling outside exploring all year round.

The Ark's manager Virginia Davis said: "All our children play outside for a good part of every day, in all but the very worst weathers. The outdoors is the very best place for young children to practise and master emerging physical skills.

"It is in the outdoors that children can fully and freely experience motor skills like running, leaping, and jumping. Cognitive and social/emotional development are impacted, too. Children are more likely to invent games.

"As they do, they're able to express themselves and learn about the world in their own way.

"We can now offer our children four different outside play surfaces: Tarmac, which is popular for wheeled toys; soft rubber, great for physical play; the artificial turf garden, which has a willow tunnel and flower beds; and a small decked area with a sandpit. Despite the recent deluge of rain and flooding, this variation is enhancing their play and learning with literal leaps and bounds."

Paula Downing, mum of Rosie, aged 2, said: "My daughter loves the new garden. She is so excited. She insisted on showing me round when I picked her up, telling me how to water the plants and playing peepo in the tunnel."

The Children's Ark was highly praised in a recent Ofsted report for its "promotion of children's learning and development" and for providing "a welcoming, homely, friendly atmosphere where children and adults alike are relaxed, friendly and approachable".

It is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm and can assist the majority of families in getting help with the cost of their childcare.

For more information call 01736 787167 or visit the website www.chil drens-ark.org.uk

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