Buttsbury pre-school, in Billericay recently launched its new sensory room after receiving £1,900 worth of funding from the Co-operative Trust and £1,500 from the Ford Britain Trust.

Created for all children to enjoy, including those with special needs, the latest addition to the pre-school boasts many stimulating items including a bubble tube with colour changing lights, the children can self select.

"It is a lovely quiet environment where the children feel more comfortable to speak and open up," said Buttsbury Pre-School staff member, Louise Knight.

"It is not exclusively for children with special educational needs and we have tried to pick up pieces that will benefit all the children. They have really been enjoying it."

Local MP John Baron, who has supported the pre-school throughout their application for funding and at the opening of the new sensory room said, "This sensory room is a fantastic facility for both the pre-school children and the additional needs children in the local community.

"The whole pre-school team, together with the Cooperative Trust and the Ford Britain Trust for their funding, deserve our congratulations. It's been a great team effort."

Ruth Havis, treasurer and trustee of the pre-school added: "The practical support received from John Baron was extremely beneficial in applying for grant funding.

"We are very grateful for his assistance with letter writing and in finding time to help with a project which will not only benefit the children of the pre-school but also the wider community.

"Until now, there has been no sensory room facility available in Billericay for children with additional needs and their families have had to travel to Brentwood or Pitsea."
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