New mud kitchen for St George’s thanks to Screwfix and Kent County Council

Children at St George’s Childcare are enjoying a state-of-the-art new mud play area thanks to grants from The Screwfix Foundation and Kent County Council. The bespoke design was completed on Tuesday 22 May and features a double mud kitchen, specially designed roof and sensory plants.

St George’s is an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ nursery caring for up to 90 children a day aged 3 months to 12 years. They are the only nursery that supports local families in need with subsidised childcare. And as a non-profit organisation there isn’t always money available for wish-list projects.

But thanks to the generosity of The Screwfix Foundation and Kent County Council’s members fund, St George’s playground has had a new lease of life. What was once a mud kitchen made from an old sink and posts that had begun to rot is now a high-quality timber play area that will stand the test of time.

At St George’s, children play outside no matter what the weather. Playing with mud allows them to use imagination and express themselves freely. It also helps children build social skills, develop their creativity and build an affinity for their natural environment.

Morgane Glew, St George’s Business Manager, said: “We are delighted with the new design, and so grateful for the grants that have made it possible. Children of all ages in our nursery and pre-school have been having great fun with it. It will continue to provide an incredible outdoor learning opportunity for our children for years to come.”

I was very pleased to be asked to contribute towards St. George’s new Mud Kitchen and am absolutely delighted with the finished product. It should provide entertainment and fun for hundreds of children over the next few years. JAMES MCINROY, KCC MEMBER

“We like getting muddy!” Gabby, 7 St George’s Holiday club.

For more information, please contact:

Abi Aftalion
01892 543 982