Muddy puddles

Peppa Pig may be a firm favourite, but there won’t be any jumping in muddy puddles at Little Ladybirds Day Nursery following the revamp of our play area for babies and younger children.

That’s because artificial grass has been used for the surface of the new look play area for under-2s at the nursery.

The Preston Farm-based nursery, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted, unveiled the new area at the recent re-opening of the nursery following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

And it’s already proving popular with the children.

The grass was supplied by Grass Direct, which sells the UK’s largest range of artificial grass online and via its 19 retail stores. Grass Direct’s head office is in County Durham.

Little Ladybirds Day Nursery Manager Jen Thomas explained: “Once we knew that we were able to re-open the nursery, revamping the under-2s play area was a key priority and we were keen to ensure it would be ready for the return of the children.

“After approaching Grass Direct, we were delighted when they said they would donate the grass and we are really pleased with the results.

“The grass looks great and it means we now have an area which the children can use all-year round and unlike real grass it won’t get muddy when it rains.

“That is perfect for babies and the children who are just starting to walk, and it also provides them with a different sensory experience too.”

Grass Direct Regional Manager Greig Anderson said: “We were only too pleased to be able to support Little Ladybirds by supplying grass for their new-look play area.

“They choose our best-selling Oasis range as it’s exceptionally soft and cushions those little trips and falls which children of that age inevitably have.

“Unlike real grass, it can also be cleaned, so there’s no chance of the children tramping muddy footprints back into the nursery, although we all do like jumping in a muddy puddle once in a while, regardless of our age!”

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