Easton families to enjoy new play facilities

Humpty Dumpty Playgroup has been celebrating opening a second purpose-built facility attached to St Peter's Primary School in Easton.

The playgroup, which is a registered charity, will remain separate from the primary school but will benefit from sharing the school's facilities. This includes using a small enclosed playground and a kitchen, which will be shared with the reception class of the primary school and allow for the preparation of snacks as well as cooking activities. The primary school also has a small wooded area in which the playgroup plan to run activities, in line with the Forest Schools scheme.

April Caton's three year-old daughter Ellie attends the playgroup. The 34-year-old from Easton is enthusiastic about the playgroup's new building. She said: 'The new building will ease the children's transition from playgroup to primary school.'

The playgroup had previously been based solely at Barford Village Hall, near Easton, a building shared with the local community. The new building, funded by the government initiative Sure Start, will allow the playgroup to expand their catchment area into Costessey and extend the number of children they are able to cater for from 26 to 50.

The playgroup held an open morning to celebrate the completion of the new building on Thursday and moved in on the April 1. The playgroups leading child care practitioner, Wendy Woods said: 'The move into the new building went very well'.

• If you are interested in enrolling a child in Humpty Dumpty's Easton Playgroup contact membership secretary Vicky Green on 01603 881336.

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