Pictures courtesy of Toddlers Lodge Preschool
By Kim O'Leary
For those looking to create a truly unique haven for their children a preschool in Newbridge has come up with the fantastic idea to create an outdoor classroom!
Toddlers Lodge Preschool in Barrettsown, Newbridge, has this week introduced a new sheltered area for children to play in and the creative design has gone viral, winning praise from admirers around the world.
Speaking to KildareNow, owner and manager of Toddlers Lodge Preschool Jenny Eustace explained that she and her husband landscape designer Ken Eustace were inspired to create a unique sheltered space for the children at the preschool to enjoy.
She said: "Myself and my husband landscape designer Ken Eustace carried out the work together over the Christmas holidays. We only wanted to provide a sheltered area for the children to continue outdoor play if it rained as it so often does when they are outside playing. I can’t believe how many people have been inspired by my photos," she said.
The sheltered space consists of a polytunnel, as well as using plenty of natural materials such as cut down logs used for seats and stepping stones, small trees and plants, schema baskets and tyres and much more to create a peaceful, quiet sanctuary for the children to enjoy.
And so far the sheltered space has proven to be a hit with the children attending the preschool.
Toddlers Lodge is a multi-national award winning pre-school service based in Clongorey/Barrettstown Newbridge and comprises of a team of highly qualified childcare practitioners who are committed to the provision of quality and standardized practice in the care and education of children.
The preschool opened in 2004 and its curriculum is based on the Maria Montessori and Reggio Method of Education, which promotes self-learning under the direction of qualified and experience practitioners.
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