New Ilkeston play area delights pupils

Firefighters called out to assist with a car that is believed to have overturned after it hit a parked car while it was 'travelling at speed' on a Sheffield road in the early hours of this morning.
Firefighters called out to assist with a car that is believed to have overturned after it hit a parked car while it was 'travelling at speed' on a Sheffield road in the early hours of this morning.

Pupils and staff are celebrating the official opening of a positive play area which aims to improve pupils’ confidence, self-esteem, learning and behaviour through play.

The Charlotte Nursery and Infant School in Ilkeston, uses light, music and aromatherapy to create an atmosphere where children can express themselves and develop social and emotional skills.

Derbyshire County Councillor and deputy cabinet member for children’s services Caitlin Bisknell said: “This is a wonderful space, which offers a haven of peace where children can play and learn.

“The staff at the school have done a wonderful job and I’d like to thank them for donating their time, toys and games to make the play area such a calm and welcoming space.”

Staff at the school spent time researching and planning and decorating the room and once it was complete, a children’s competition named the space the ‘fantastic fish room’.

Headteacher, Emma Pitman said: “We feel very proud that we can offer our children this magical ‘fantastic fish room’.

“The children will be supported in a number of ways which will help to raise their self-esteem and confidence as well as develop their social and emotional skills. All of this will benefit them greatly in their learning, helping them to achieve their potential.”