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Durham Nursery creates woodland play area after £380,000 investment

Durham Nursery creates woodland play area after £380,000 investment

A nursery is planning to double in size and has created a toy-free woodland play area after receiving £380,000 in investment.

Durham’s Do Re Mi Day Nursery has created its woodland themed play as part of plans to take part in The Curiosity Approach Accreditation Scheme, which is based around play without the need for toys.

 

Instead the play area is filled with natural materials, such as tree stump stools, cardboard boxes, and wooden trays with stones and pine cones.

The investment is also allowing the nursery to hire two new members of staff.

Do Re Mi Day Nursery was set up in 2013 by former Teesside High Prep School director of music Dr Jane Todd, and provides music lessons to children aged five and under.

Dr Todd said: “We were initially known for our musical approach but more and more parents tell us they choose us because we nurture their children. The expansion has allowed us to pursue our natural, child-led way of learning. Parents know this isn’t a place which is filled with plastic toys.

“It’s all very natural and child led. There are recycled things, open ended and loose parts. It’s the opposite of pre-determined play and our staff are trained in this wonderful approach too.

“It’s very tranquil and it keeps the room fresh. It sparks their imagination and curiosity so instead of playing at a plastic kitchen, they might build their own using the materials at hand. I’ve seen kids literally blossom before my eyes using this approach.”

The nursery was able to expand its facilities after receiving a £380,000 investment, of which £20,000 was a capital grant from Durham County Council.