Playground boost for Stapleford infant and nursery school thanks to County Council funding

11 October 2017

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A school playground has benefitted from a £26,600 transformation, including a new balance trail, sensory equipment and improvements to the football area.

The improvements were funded thanks to £15,000 from Nottinghamshire County Council and fundraising events, plus activities organised by the William Lilley Fundraising Friends (WILFFs) and school staff.

The new equipment at William Lilley infant and nursery school was carefully chosen to include sensory equipment to stimulate and support children with additional needs, balance trails to assist with physical and intellectual development.  The new equipment will be used before and after school, during play and break times and also incorporated into the curriculum.

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council cut the ribbon to officially open the new-look playground. He said:

“This is a great example how Council County funding is having a positive impact in our communities and helping develop skills for young people.”

“The new-look playground facilities will not only encourage pupils to be more active and creative in their play, it has provided a fantastic opportunity for them to learn new skills, as I was impressed to learn that they were involved in the design and planning of the playground!”

Sally Beardsley, Head Teacher at William Lilley Infant and Nursery School added:

“The completion of the playground has been a result of fundraising activities throughout the school; from sponsored events, discos, refreshment sales to our infamous summer fayres.

Our enthusiastic children have played a significant part in the planning of what we see today, with the school council exploring all possible options with their classes.

The completed works have ensured that children build on the outdoor learning opportunities which are introduced in well-established and popular Foundation Stage. This new playground certainly has enhanced the outdoor environment; adding to our large Foundation stage area, sensory garden, tyre park,gardening plot, ‘forest schools’ area and playing field all of which are well-utilised throughout the school day.”

Kevin Snow, outgoing Chair of Governors said, “The new equipment installed in the playground is the culmination of a raft of improvements at the school following the appointment of Sally Beardsley to the position of Head Teacher earlier this year.   These include the building of an additional room adjacent to our Reception
classroom, dedicated facility for special needs children, full-time provision for nursery children, new school logo and the soon to be launched improved school website”.


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