Centre Point Trust 2017 - Supporting Working Parents

Centre Point has been supporting working parents by providing flexible, affordable childcare for children aged 0 years – 14 years for over 30 years. They prioritise parents who are disadvantaged, struggling financially or who are experiencing difficult circumstances by offering reduced and free childcare. Centre Point is an integral part of the community, currently caring for over 400 children.

In 2017 The Bosdet Foundation, along with One Foundation, funded an outdoor play area at Le Hurel in La Pouquelaye to be refurbished for children aged 4 to 7. The outdoor areas are particularly important as a lot of Centre Point’s children live in flats with no access to direct outdoor areas. The area itself comprised of inappropriate equipment which did not challenge or stimulate the children, it was very barren, and poorly utilised. Centre Point consulted with the children to see what they wanted, and the result is a safe and stimulating environment comprising physically challenging equipment, water play area, mud kitchen and a sensory shed. It was also very important to create the space to be as natural as possible and this has been successfully achieved with tree stump seating, a timber bridge, willow fencing and long grasses. 

Jane Moy, head of Centre Point Trust, said: ‘The children absolutely love their new outdoor area, it is in constant use irrespective of the time of day or the weather. It is such a joy to see so many happy, smiling faces – the benefits of fresh air, stimulating play and exercise'.

 

 

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