Lot­tery cash will help tots get arty

Wel­come boost for nurs­ery from Awards for All

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Find­lay

An­i­mal-mad tots in East Kil­bride are be­ing in­vited to snap up a free af­ter­noon of fun thanks to lot­tery fund­ing.

Kiwi pre-school play­group, a non-profit mak­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion based in St Ken­neth’s Pri­mary School, se­cured cash from The Big Lot­tery Fund’s Awards for All pro­gramme.

And they will work with ex­perts from the town’s Cafe Ceram­ico to paint an­i­mal-shaped mugs, T-shirts and masks.

Part of the award is aimed at work­ing with the com­mu­nity.

The ses­sions on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 22 and Mon­day, Novem­ber 27, which will run from 1pm un­til 2.30pm, are open to chil­dren who are pre­par­ing to start nurs­ery in 2018.

They will give kids a chance to have fun and see what nurs­ery life is all about and there will be a va­ri­ety of an­i­mal prod­ucts on of­fer from sharks to pen­guins.

Kiwi chair­man Re­becca Hay said: “Chil­dren at Kiwi are an­i­maldaft and we ap­plied for money from the lot­tery so we could spend 12 months learn­ing as much as we could about them while hav­ing fun too.

“The ses­sions with Cafe Ceram­ico are open to chil­dren aged two years and nine months up­wards who are go­ing to nurs­ery next year and will give them a chance to see what life at Kiwi is like and be cre­ative at the same time.

“There is no charge but places are lim­ited and chil­dren need to be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.”

The Big Lot­tery Fund awarded Kiwi £3260 and so far the chil­dren have en­joyed a visit from the Lit­tle Fawn trav­el­ling pup­pet com­pany and are due to go to Al­mond Val­ley farm park next sum­mer.

As part of their cur­rent ac­tiv­i­ties, the kids are learn­ing how the emer­gency ser­vices work and there was great de­light when fire­fight­ers from East Kil­bride vis­ited the nurs­ery.

They were shown the fire en­gine and en­joyed cre­at­ing rain­bows in the sky us­ing the wa­ter hose.

“The chil­dren had a won­der­ful time and the fire­fight­ers were so kind and pa­tient,” added Re­becca.

“Thanks must go to sta­tion com­man­der Ed­die Kelly for or­gan­is­ing the visit.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in the Cafe Ceram­ico ses­sions can con­tact Re­becca by email at trav­el2pud@ hot­mail.com or on 07977 611947 be­fore Fri­day.

Spe­cial visit Tots from Kiwi Play­group are shown around a fire en­gine

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