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Preschool staff ‘back to nature’ sleep-out raises cash for charity


Cheered on by preschoolers, staff at Woodlands Day Nursery in Milton Keynes took ‘back to nature studies’ to a whole new level with a forest sleep-out to raise £800 for charity.

Braving heavy rain and sheltering under a temporary awning on woodland next to the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in Byerly Place, Downs Barn, the seven member team successfully built a fire to heat food and toast marshmallows during their overnight fund-raiser.

“The children were very envious and excited as they watched our preparations. While it was fun chatting around the campfire, trying to get some sleep proved another matter with the rain, wind and noises coming from the forest,” said Woodlands Deputy Manager, Emma Willshire.

Emma and Tegan Ennis, Room Leader for the under 2’s, are currently completing their Forest School Level Three training and took charge of the preparations and expertly started a fire.

The Forest School activities are proving popular at the nursery, which has leased a section of the adjoining woodland so that children can plant flowers and study the changing seasons and wildlife more closely.

“We have always encouraged an appreciation and respect for the environment but in our woodland the children are learning so much more and developing in confidence, awareness and imagination,” said Emma.

The sleep-out team were Emma, Tegan, Tazmin Farrington, Rebecca Hunter, Jed Mair, Julia Hindler and Chloe Preece.

Money raised from the sleep-out goes to Children Today, a charity supporting children and young people with a range of disabilities and illnesses, which Woodlands Day Nursery has adopted for a year-long fund raising drive.

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