Two play schemes in Peasedown St John that support pre-school aged children have received a funding boost thanks to the Peasedown Community Trust.
Last year, the Trust set aside funding for community groups to apply for, and after a lengthy application process, grants of £100 each were awarded to Seeds Toddler Group and SJs Little Ones.
Both projects provide opportunities for young children and their parents to explore play, meet others and take part in creative, educational activities.
Chairman of the Peasedown Community Trust, Gavin Heathcote, said: “All the research shows that investment in a child’s early year’s education is beneficial to them later in life.
“By taking part in play schemes and pre-school learning, this hugely increases a child’s chances of having a more rewarding and fulfilling career, being in better health and achieving more in their later years.”
Seeds meets on a Wednesday morning at Peasedown St John Methodist Church from 9am – 11am and is a mixture of free play, crafts, stories, snacks, singing and dancing.
The scheme is open to all pre-school children and their parents or carers.
SJ’s Little Ones meets on Monday and Friday mornings at St John’s Church Hall for play, music and movement, craft and story time with fresh coffee and tea and fresh baked cake.
Julie Winstanley, Children and Family Worker at Peasedown St John Methodist Church, said: “We are grateful to have received a grant of £100 from Peasedown Community Trust to support local families with pre-school children whilst they are unable to meet inside the church building.
“The grant has helped to fund “Grab and Go” bags which contain everything needed for an activity which families can take home and do together.
“Bags which are collected once a fortnight from the church entrance are a great way of maintaining contact with our Seeds families and have been a big success.”
The Peasedown Community Trust will be reopening its grant scheme later this year.