Holy Road Nursery in Belfast shortlisted for national award

Play More was set up to help deserving nurseries improve their outdoor play areas with financial support or murals. It is an initiative which was set up by Sudocrem and has been designed to encourage parents and children to get back in touch with nature and explore the greatest playground on earth- the outdoors. As part of the campaign, Sudocrem carried out a survey which asked 200 children between the ages of 4 to 8 years old to identify some of the creepy crawlies in Britain. The survey revealed that 9 out of 10 children (89%) were unable to recognise a butterfly even though there is an abundance of native British insects, with around 27,000 insect species calling the UK home. Moreover, 51% didn't know what a Bumblebee looks like. And, surprisingly, 1 in 3 (29%) didn't realise that bees make honey.

As part of the campaign, Play More asks parents to nominate a deserving nursery and Holy Road Nursery in Belfast has been shortlisted to receive support for their outdoor play area. One parent who nominated Holy Road Nursery said: "The nursery offers fantastic opportunities for children to play outside in all weathers! All of the learning opportunities are brought outside on a daily basis and all children in the school are outside for as long as possible each day. All areas of the curriculum are catered for and progressed as the year goes on ensuring that the children progress in their physical and all round development. Holy Road nursery is renowned in the area for the fantastic opportunities they offer our children!".

The campaign has won the support of BBC Chris Packham who said: "I was very fortunate when I was a child because I was encouraged to interact with the outdoors- looking under rocks and searching under logs and hedges to find creepy crawlies. If you just open your eyes, you'll see that there is an incredible natural world out there waiting to be discovered".

Parents can nominate a nursery here: www.sudocrem.co.uk/social-hub

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