A new trend for 2019? Newbridge pre-school creates unique outdoor classroom complete with polytunnel for children

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A new trend for 2019? Newbridge pre-school creates unique outdoor classroom complete with polytunnel for children
16:00 Thursday 10th of January 2019

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.

Pic. Jenny Eustace, Toddlers Lodge Preschool Barrettstown Newbridge Co Kildare

Pic. Jenny Eustace Toddlers Lodge Preschool Barrettstown Newbridge Co Kildare. Plenty of natural materials for children to explore! Pic. Jenny Eustace

Fallen logs used as chairs for the little ones! Pic. Jenny Eustace

Perfect for children seeking peace and quiet.... Pic. Jenny Eustace

Pic. Jenny Eustace

Pic. Jenny Eustace

The outdoor classroom was designed by local landscaper Ken Eustace

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.

For more information on Toddlers Lodge Preschool Barrettstown, Newbridge, contact them on 087 683 113 and https://www.toddlerslodge.ie/and on Facebook @ToddlersLodgePreschool

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