PARENTS LEND A HELPING HAND TO RENOVATE LITTLEHAMPTON NURSERY

Nursery children in Littlehampton will have the chance to get messy and creative in a newly renovated garden complete with mud kitchen and sand pit, thanks to a group of local volunteers.

Colleagues at The Co-operative Childcare, based on Watersmead Business Park, welcomed parents and members of the community to help volunteers from grounds maintenance service providers, ISS Facility Services Landscaping, install the garden’s new features which will encourage children to explore the natural environment.

Each area of the revamped garden will give children a wide range of fun activities to discover, including a bark chip path to follow, large tracker tyres amongst the grass to play with and a log seating area for outdoor storytelling.

The four tonnes of logs, wood chippings and pallets used to form the leisure areas were recycled by ISS from arboriculture works carried out locally, actively conserving the environment.

The project saw parents and nursery colleagues cutting up wood and digging holes to assist the ISS volunteers with the installation.

Emma Bowman, nursery manager at The Co-operative Childcare in Littlehampton, said: “The benefits of outdoor play and exposure to the natural environment are vast, and the new facilities will aid our children’s creativity and imagination, as well as improve their physical fitness. Health and wellbeing is something we actively promote at the nursery as we believe that healthy children are the happiest children.

“It was great to see members of the local community come together to help ISS volunteers create a brand new space for our children to continue their learning and development, and we’d like to thank them for all their hard work.”

Phil Jones, Managing Director, ISS Facility Services Landscaping said: “ISS has been delivering grounds maintenance services to the local area since 1993 ensuring good quality communal services and an enhanced environment, which brings an improved quality of life to local residents.

“We work with our partners to generate local job and supplier opportunities, as well as fulfilling local biodiversity and environmental goals.  ISS strives to make a positive impact to the communities where we operate with volunteering projects such as this. It’s all about bringing individuals and businesses together to create environments where our children can learn and flourish, and this is exactly what has been achieved with this project.” 

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