I have known Sally Eaton and the work of The Childcare Company for many years. We worked as a team creating an “Enabling environments” area for an early years exhibit in 2009. Last year Sally approached Community Playthings with two new projects, but the best would be if I let her tell about them:
“Having spent many years training nursery practitioners to create stimulating, high quality learning environments, I wanted to ensure that our new nursery in Langley provided children with a safe and exciting place to play. I asked Community Playthings to advise me on planning the rooms and furniture so that it would enhance the learning activities we do with the children. I spent a whole afternoon at Robertsbridge and benefited greatly from their expertise and ideas. The model room was inspirational and allowed me to see first-hand how rooms could be divided to make cosy spaces. The Community Playthings planning team had endless patience and allowed me to try out various plans until we settled on the one that was best. The whole process from beginning to end was a pleasure and I am delighted with what we have created. Parents and visitors are highly complimentary and the whole nursery certainly has the wow factor!
“When we opened the nursery in September 2011 the children settled quickly. I am sure the warm homely environment that Community Playthings helped me to create contributed significantly to this process. We have now equipped Langley Hall Primary Academy, (our new Free School) reception classes with Community Playthings equipment and furniture also, so as the children move from the nursery to the school they will experience that continuity of approach.”
Sally Eaton, Education Director for Wellingtons/Langley Hall