Project information

Kitchen Garden

Our children need a kitchen garden to grow fruits, vegetables and plants that will be using in our cooking and learning .
We will use this area for learning, team building, communication skills and developing awareness and self esteem in our children.

September 2017 - July 2018

Charity information: Washingwell Community Pre-school

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  • Need

    Need

    We want to grow our own fruits and vegetables to help with learning but to also reduce our catering costs. We believe that if our children are growing their own produce they are more likely to eat it! This project will help us to continue to provide healthy and nutritious meals and snacks for our children.

    Solution

    By growing our own produce we will be able to reduce our catering costs and produce healthy and nutritious snacks to our children. We know that they are more likely to try something new if they have grown it themselves.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Resource a kitchen garden

    Activities

    » Buy equipment, such as planters, compost, tools, watering cans, and plants.
    » Work with parents, grandparents and carers to help to layout the kitchen garden and engage them in the work that we are doing.
    » Work with our children to plant the fruits and vegetables and maintain the produce daily over the coming months, ready for harvest.

    We will produce fruits and vegetables that can be used in our cooking and learning.


  • Impact

    Impact

    This project will encourage our children to gain skills in growing their own produce. They will understand how and what makes plants grow and be able to try different and new foods as a result. This will form part of our healthy eating plan and through growing plants they will develop higher level learning.

    Risk

    Our main risk is the plants not growing! To deal with this risk we are going to work with our parents, grandparents and carers, who may have gardening experience to help us maintain our kitchen garden.

    Reporting

    We will send our donors newsletters that include photos and updates on our children's work. We will produce and end of project evaluation which will also be circulated.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £400 Tools Gardening tools and equiment appropriate for our children, staff and volunteers to use
      £600 Storage A storage shed and composters
      £1,000 Planters and compost Different heights of raised beds and compost for planting
      £500 Plants Different fruit and vegetables for planting
  • Background

    Location

    Our pre school is based in an area where many parents are 'Just About Managing' (JAM). These JAM families cannot afford traditional private childcare and use our charity to meet their needs.
    We have been based in the area for over 10 years and we are moving to our preschool to a new premises to meet the increasing needs of our families. We will be based in a new building from September and need to fully resource it.

    Beneficiaries

    Our children will benefit from this project. We will have 48 children in each of our morning and afternoon sessions. We will also have children in our wrap around care sessions who will also be able to take part in our Kitchen Garden Project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are best placed to deliver this project as we have a captive audience who will participate in it. We are rated as outstanding by Ofsted and we will use our teaching skills to help children achieve a high level of learning. By engaging with our whole family we will give them additional skills and help them to eat a more healthy diet.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Andrea Warne

    Will have overall responsibility for the project

    Tanya Wood

    Will have responsibilty for engaging parents, grandparents and carers in the project