Harpsden Pre-School is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,166 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.
Bags of Help is run in partnership with community focused environmental charity Groundwork, who has awarded grants to thousands of local community projects every year.
Harpsden Pre-School has always enjoyed the benefits of a beautiful rural setting. Thanks to the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, it has been able to buy resources and equipment to set up a Forest School in the woodland adjacent to Harpsden Village Hall, where the pre-school is located. Parent volunteers have helped create a seating area with benches where the children can enjoy sitting around a fire and toasting crumpets and drinking hot chocolate.
Forest Schools are becoming increasing popular within the pre-school community. The Forest School Association describes forest school as “a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.”
Harpsden Pre-School’s Teaching Manager, Rebecca Quinn, said: “The Tesco grant money has been instrumental in transforming the way we use the woods not just for our forest school but for everyday sessions at the pre-school. We have noticed that both children and staff benefit from the time spent outdoors, enjoying and learning about nature.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities across England to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.