Chil­dren dev­as­tated af­ter toys stolen from nurs­ery

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE - By Claire McWethy cm­cwethy@thek­m­ @CMcWethyKM

Chil­dren were left dev­as­tated af­ter cal­lous thieves stole their toys dur­ing a raid on a nurs­ery gar­den.

Dis­mayed staff ar­rived at Grove Green Com­mu­nity Hall last Mon­day morn­ing to dis­cover three ride-on trikes had been swiped over the week­end.

The su­per­vi­sors, chil­dren and par­ents at Fledgelings Nurs­ery have been busy fundrais­ing for more than two years to raise money to re­vamp the out­side equip­ment and en­vi­ron­ment but are now left won­der­ing what to do.

Karen Plaw from the Pen­hurst Close nurs­ery said: “We are very dis­ap­pointed that some­one thought it was ok to just help them­selves to our ride-on cars and we are now left won­der­ing if it’s worth spend­ing money on our gar­den if all our ef­forts will be ru­ined.

“The chil­dren were so up­set and it was dif­fi­cult to try and ex­plain where their toys had gone.”

It is not the first time the nurs­ery has been tar­geted, with a num­ber of ride-on cars hav­ing been stolen in the past.

The nurs­ery is cur­rently check­ing CCTV, which will be for­warded to the po­lice.

Deputy man­ager Sarah Cole­man added: “We have had a few bits go miss­ing in the past but be­cause of all our work to im­prove the gar­den, and be­cause these toys were gen­er­ous do­na­tions, it is all the more dis­ap­point­ing.

“It feels like we are do­ing all we can to pro­vide a nice out­door space as we use it as part of our cur­ricu­lum so it is up­set­ting when some­one comes in and just takes things.

“We are just hop­ing who­ever took them doesn’t come back.”

The nurs­ery, which has a ‘good’ Of­sted rat­ing, has 35 chil­dren on its roll aged be­tween two and five.

If you have any toys you can do­nate, get in touch with Fledgelings on 07783 573885.

Pic­ture: Andy Pay­ton FM4708416

Re­becca Cooper, Vicki Fen­nell, Sarah Cole­man, Ali­son Truss, Julie Ed­wards and Karen Plaw with the dis­ap­pointed chil­dren

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