Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, visited Norcot Early Years Centre today to deliver a selection of quality toys that donated by the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA).
As the official organisation representing manufacturers for Britain’s toy industry, the BTHA holds annual Parliamentary events to highlight the importance of safe toys to a child’s development. Members of Parliament are invited to the Parliamentary events to learn more about safe toys and to sign up to receive a box of toys which can then be donated to a chosen organisation within their constituency.
Norcot Early Years Centre is a large, state-run nursery school for 3-5 year olds with 180 part-time places, with 50 day care places for 0-5 year olds. The Centre aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum following the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Centre also places a strong emphasis on outdoor learning delivered through their ‘Learning through Nature’ programme, as is featured on Ofsted’s website. Norcot Early Years Centre received an outstanding Ofsted report in 2014 and following a recent visit, Ofsted confirmed that the Centre continues to be outstanding.
Alok Sharma said: “I am delighted to donate the BTHA’s toys to the Norcot Early Years Centre this year. It is fantastic that the Centre continues to receive an outstanding Ofsted award and I hope the children enjoy playing with the toys!”
Norcot Early Years Centre said: “Thank you very much for the generous toy donations these are very much valued by the children and staff at Norcot Early Years Centre. Funding and the future viability of Nursery Schools means that purchasing resources is becoming more difficult so we really do appreciate this kind gesture.”