A charity that has been providing affordable child care for working parents in Jersey for nearly 30 years has a new playground with outdoor musical instruments and a kitchen for making mud pies.
Centre Point Trust is the Island’s largest child care provider for working parents, in particular single working parents, during term time and over the holidays. It operates from three facilities: the day nursery at Rope Walk and a sessional morning nursery and school age care group, both at La Pouquelaye.
The new playground is situated in a safe secure area immediately outside the nursery and pre-school classroom at La Pouquelaye. Thanks largely to a donation of £17,450 from the Lloyds Bank Group Foundation for the Channel Islands it has been turned into a well-equipped interactive area for up to 40 children aged 3 to 5 years
Designed especially for Centre Point by a local architect, and installed by Island contractors, the playground includes an outdoor covered classroom with audio equipment, a ‘mud’ kitchen, an alphabet snake and hop scotch areas, a mini cycle track – with a pedestrian crossing and a ‘simulated’ duck and fish pond at the centre – and upright musical panels containing drums, chimes and a xylophone. There is also a large blackboard on the side of a garden shed and the entire ground surface is covered with child-safe matting imprinted with shapes and designs.
To round it all off, a previously natural grass slope has been covered in astro turf and inset with three slides, while a row of established trees has been decorated with fairy lights.
The Chief Executive Officer, Jane Moy, said without the support of the Foundation the children would not be benefitting from a new facility.
‘As a non-profit organisation, Centre Point simply did not have any spare money for this project as we have to focus our resources on child care, so we are grateful to the Lloyds Bank Group Foundation for the Channel Islands for helping us yet again. The children are going to benefit so much from being able to play outside and it is lovely to be able to give them so many added extras such as the fairy lights. I can’t to see their little faces when the lights are switched on ,’ she said.
Since 1985 the the Lloyds Bank Group Foundation for the Channel Islands has donated in excess of £12 million to charitable organisations in the bailiwicks, the UK and overseas. It is legally independent of the Lloyds Group and an independent board of trustees determines the policies. The Chairman of the local foundation is Jurat Stephen Jones and the Executive Director is John Hutchins.
The Foundation has supported Centre Point in the past, most recently last year when it granted £20,000 to refurbish the Rope Walk day nursery
John Hutchins said: ‘The Foundation has been associated with Centre Point over several years and we are always delighted when our funding covers the needs of young families and children and have no doubt that the extra facilities will be of significant use.’