Brentwood Gazette report: A new multi-sensory facility will benefit local children in the community after Buttsbury Pre-School in Perry Street opened its sensory room on June 6 for all children to enjoy, including those with special needs.
The nursery secured £1,900 in funding from the Cooperative Trust and £1,500 from the Ford Britain Trust.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Buttsbury Pre-School staff member, Louise Knight"]It is a lovely quiet environment where the children feel more comfortable to speak and open up. It is not exclusively for children with special educational needs and we have tried to pick up pieces that will benefit all the children. They have really been enjoying it."[/quote]
Among the many stimulating items in the room is a bubble tube with colour changing lights that the children can self-select.
Billericay and Basildon MP John Baron, who supported the pre-school's application for funding, was invited to the opening of the room.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Billericay and Basildon MP John Baron"]This sensory room is a fantastic facility for both the pre-school children and the additional needs children in the local community. The whole pre-school team, together with the Cooperative Trust and the Ford Britain Trust for their funding, deserve our congratulations. It's been a great team effort.[/quote]
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Ruth Havis, treasurer and trustee of the pre-school"]In particular the practical support received from John Baron was extremely beneficial in applying for grant funding. We are very grateful for his assistance with letter writing and in finding time to help with a project which will not only benefit the children of the pre-school but also the wider community. Until now there has been no sensory room facility available in Billericay with children with additional needs and their families having to travel to Brentwood or Pitsea.[/quote]
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