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Catterick Preschool unveils new playground facilities.
2:12pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A PRE-school has officially opened its new playground after receiving almost £9,000 worth of Big Lottery funding.
Catterick Pre-school invested the £8,842 in extending the outdoor play area for the 22 children in its care, aged between two-and-a-half and five years.
Sue Mill from the school said new facilities included a safe artificial grass so children could go out in all weather conditions, a giant play house, mushroom seats and a sensory garden, where children can be introduced to growing their own plants and produce.
Ms Mill said: “The children love the new equipment. They have been using the mushroom seats as stepping stones and getting their hands dirty in the planter tubs in the garden. They just have soil in them at the moment but they are keen to explore it.
“The children had watched the work going on outside their classroom with a lot of interest. It changed a lot each day and they asked lots of questions about what it was going to be so it is great to see them enjoy the final product.”
The play house will encourage children to use their imaginations in play, and the sensory garden will include plants that are chosen for their smell or texture. There is also a numbers snake and alphabet caterpillar etched into the artificial grass.
The new playground was officially opened this week by former preschool supervisor Irene Talman who retired five years ago.
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