Playtime for the Grand Superintendent

It was an inspirational morning when The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E. Comp. John Reid, the Provincial Charity Steward, E. Comp. Andrew Tiffin and the Communications Officer, E. Comp Mark Fuller visited the Springboard Pre-School in Chippenham on 19 December.

Springboard is an independent charity based in Chippenham working for children aged 0-5 with a special educational need and/or disability (SEN/D). They are a specialist opportunity group operating as the District Specialist Centre (DSC) for North Wiltshire and into Swindon; working in partnership with Wiltshire Council. It provides a high quality care and learning environment for young children with additional needs and their families.

This is achieved by:
• Valuing all children as unique
• Working in partnership with parents and professionals to provide timely and appropriate support
• Ensuring that the children access enriched and individualised learning experiences through play
• Developing a professionally committed workforce that continues to meet the needs of the children and families
• Creating a sustainable and cost –effective approach to service delivery

The Provincial Grand Chapter, as part of its Children at Christmas initiative donated £1150.00 worth of resources to the centre; all of which will be used directly to benefit the children and their families. The resources donated included:
• iPads – used by playroom staff to take photos of the children and complete observations using an online Learning Journal; it enables parents to see what their child has been doing later the same day.
• Special playroom mirrors – giving the children the opportunity to see themselves and learn about themselves.
• Wobble boards – to help the children improve co-ordination and balance
• Rocker boards – used by the children to help improve co-ordination and balance.
• Finger Mini Wobble Boards – to help the children improve their finger dexterity.

The Companions were given a tour of the centre by Jane Boulton (Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead) and handed over the resources to Anne Farrell (Business Support/ Company Secretary) who thanked the Companions of Wiltshire for their support.

Not wanting to miss the opportunity being offered, the MEGS was soon to be found outside with the children and got them to try out some of the equipment being provided – it wasn’t obvious who was having the most fun!