An East Sussex village pre-school is hoping that a generous donation they received from the Sussex Police Force will be used to let children spend more time playing outside. The donation, worth £200, comes from the Sussex Police Property Act Fund, as has been earmarked to improve access to the recently refurbished outdoor play area at Blackboys Pre-School near Uckfield.
It aims, through this new access, to facilitate free flowing play, thus letting the children decide for themselves where, and how, they want to play. Jenny Novkovic, the manager of Blackboys Pre-School has said that free flow allows the sessions to be much more flexibLe and increases the learning environment.
She added that the children love spending time outside, especially since we had our outside area refurbished in the summer. We hope we can make the concept of free flow play a reality and even further enhance the Blackboys Pre-School experience.”
PC Peter Cook, the Neighbourhood Schools Officer at Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team, presented the cheque to Blackboys Pre-School manager Jenny Novkovic together with Pre-School committee chairman Daryl Willcox and committee member Peter Ullman, both parents of children attending the Pre-School.
The Police Property Act Fund is made up of monies received by the police from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of court and then sold. The main aim of the fund is to support local projects undertaken by voluntary/charitable organisations that solely benefit the communities of Sussex.
Established almost 30 years ago, Blackboys Pre School www.blackboyspreschool.org.uk is open Monday to Friday during school term times from 8.45am to 3.30pm and provides a wonderful, nurturing environment for children aged between 2 and 5 in a fabulous rural setting. The pre-school applies Montessori principles and practice to its activities as well as offering Forest School activities.