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Horsham Nursery in with a chance of winning a £500 grant

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Horsham Nursery School has been nominated multiple times in the Sudocrem Play More campagn. The competition works by asking the general public to nominate nurseries that go above and beyond to get children outside and playing. The 15 most deserving nursuries will receive either a £500 grant, a toy shed or a mural.

A survey carried out by family skincare brand, Sudocrem, on children between the ages of 6 and 11, suggests that British children believe they’re wrapped in cotton wool by their parents and would like more freedom to play outside. Almost 3 in 5 children (57%) said their parents worried too much about their safety and almost two-thirds of those aged 8 – 11 (64%) thought they should be able to go to the park with their friends, unaccompanied by an adult.

The study also revealed a generation of children who recognise they don’t play out in the fresh air often enough, with 52% of those questioned admitting they spend too much time on games consoles and a further 60% saying there should be more games to encourage kids to play outside, like Pokemon Go.

Other sources suggest that children spend as little as 5 hours outside each week, as opposed to 45.5 hours in front of a television. Organisers have expressed the hope that, by improving nursery playgrounds, young children will be encouraged to make the most of the outside, while at the same time working to encourage parents to be “more dareful and less careful”.

Sudocrem’s Brand Manager, Georgina Fotopoulou said, “Children love outdoor play but they’re bound to scrape their knees. This is all part of the learning process. A cuddle and a tub of Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream can make a lot of things better. We’ve been healing skin for generations and we’re proud to promote the spirit of adventure with Play More.”

A spokesperson for Horsham Nursery School said: “The nominator couldn’t heap enough praise on the work of the staff, highlighting their love for the nursery. The nursery provides affordable care to the community, and outdoor play is clearly important to the Nursery. The children learn how to grow plants and go for walks in the woods at the neighbouring school.

“The parent felt that the £500 could go towards next year’s cohort learning about nature. The nursery would love to spend the money on seeds, containers and compost in preparation.”

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