The provision of an outdoor play area to increase the service offered by a private day care nursery facility.
Country Bumpkins Ltd is a private day care nursery which is open all year round and takes children from 6 weeks old to eleven years old. This enterprise was established in 2002 located in Moneyreagh, and is run by mother and daughter team Sandra Symington and Ruth McGowan. The enterprise was established following the birth of Ruth’s first child at which time she was not able to identify a quality childcare facility in the area to meet her needs. The facility has steadily built up a good reputation and numbers since its establishment in 2002 and currently can accomodate 60 children at any one time, also offering an after school club. To enhance the facility the applicants wished to install an outdoor play area.
Funded under Axis 3, through Lagan Rural Partnership, an all weather play area and CCTV were installed. Prior to the funded project the nursery had a grass area and a small hardcore area, but the applicants were keen to transform the outdoor area into a specially designed all weather outdoor play area for the children in their care, offering the best interactive play facilities. In order to provide parents with the assurance that their children are in the safest possible environment they also installed a CCTV system which allows them to monitor the entire facility at all times.
A childcare service in a rural area offers the is now able to provide an improved level of childcare and 1.5 jobs have been created.