Thursday, 11 August 2022

Pre-school launches 'stay and play'

A PRE-SCHOOL has launched a ?stay and play? scheme for very young children.

A PRE-SCHOOL has launched a ?stay and play? scheme for very young children.

Happy Days, based at Nettlebed Community School, held its first session on Monday, aimed at the parents of babies and toddlers.

They will continue every Monday from 1.30pm to 3pm during term time. The school usually only accepts children aged two to four. Agnes McCluskey, who manages the pre-school, said the new sessions were perfect for children to get used to the pre-school environment and a good opportunity for parents to meet each other.

She said: ?We used to run a similar scheme six years ago. We?ve started up again because the community expressed a need for it.

?It helps the children to interact with other children and works on their social, emotional and personal skills. It helps the parents as well as the children.?

At the launch there were balloons at the entrance to the pre-school off High Street as well as coffee and cakes for parents, a raffle and games for children.

Jane Herbert, who lives in the village, went to the play and stay session with her two-year-old daughter Freya.

She said: ?It?s a social gathering for my daughter and myself. You get a chance to meet other parents and see what Happy Days and their staff are like ? they?re brilliant.

?The children get a chance to meet others of different ages. I would definitely encourage other parents and children to come along. It?s a great place.?

Entry costs £2 per family, which includes facilities, activities and refreshments.

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