Case study – Surrey County Council
To encourage settings to take funded two-year-olds, Surrey County Council gave over 200 settings an incentive package of Community Playthings equipment along with training.
Terri Trask, Surrey’s Quality Improvement Advisory Team Manager, explains why they chose Community Playthings:
Why Community Playthings?
As part of our duty to provide funded places for two-year-olds, Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service wanted to offer early years settings resources that were age appropriate for two-year-olds and matched to the interests of this age group. An investment of this type needed to be underpinned by resources that are well-built and long-lasting. We chose to use Community Playthings as they offer a ten year guarantee and we knew from previous experience that they are efficient and helpful. We were able to visit the Community Playthings factory and were helped to choose packages of furniture and play equipment that met our criteria.
We put together a bespoke workshop using pictures from Community Playthings training materials which focused on domestic role play, creative and active physical play. Practitioners attending the workshop could choose one equipment package from a choice of six on offer. Samples of all the packages were delivered to the venue of the workshops. We provided accessories to ‘dress’ the resources to show how two-year-olds might use them. We ran 54 workshops over nine days for practitioners providing places for funded two-year-olds.
Orders were delivered within the timescale stated and are now being used by two-year-olds in Surrey settings.
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