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Caythorpe school launches fund-raising drive to buy new play equipment

Youngsters at a village primary school are hoping to raise nearly £10,000 towards brand new play equipment.

Pupils and staff at Caythorpe Primary School are aiming to secure the necessary funding to replace and renew resources for their early years Reception class.

The current ‘learning through play’ equipment in the reception class has become worn and broken and is no longer having the desired effect to capture the children’s imagination.

Pupils are fund-raising for new play equipment. (39048614)
Pupils are fund-raising for new play equipment. (39048614)

The accessories to support the equipment have also dwindled over the years and are now almost non-existent.

Learning through play equipment is an essential part of early years development.

It encourages communication skills and allows children the opportunity to develop their speech and language skills as well listening skills.

Children who engage in pretend/role play tend to have more sophisticated levels of interaction with others because of improvements to their cognitive development.

Headteacher Katie Brockington, praised the parent–teacher association (PTA) for their fund-raising efforts through the difficult times.

She said: “Our target is £9,500 to purchase the role play equipment we need to help improve communication and social skills.

“We have a wonderful PTA who raise funds for the school for exactly this type of project but with COVID halting all their events, fund-raising this year has become even harder.

“Any support would be greatly appreciated.”

Learning through play is a term used in education and psychology to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them.

Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.

If you would like to make a donation, visit: www.kindlink.com/fundraising/community-inclusive-trust-/caythorpe-primary-school-eyfs

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