A nursery in Chandler's Ford has been doing its bit in the community to help strengthen intergenerational relationships.

Through groups such as ‘Chatter and Natter’ and ‘Welcome Wednesdays’ the children at Little Delwood Kindergarten have been learning important social skills. 

These trips to Bayleaves Larder and The Hilt community centre have helped the children develop their behaviour and confidence skills whilst learning about their area. The children took flowers to the church for when the Queen died and laid a wreath for Remembrance Day to strengthen the children’s memory. 

Hampshire Chronicle: Delwood Kindergarten's visit to Bayleaves Larder

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Maryanne Strickland, manager at Little Delwood, said: “Getting out and about in the community is a great way to teach the children about road sense, the seasons of the year, how to behave in public and conversing with other adults.” 

Little Delwood opened in 2020 and recently celebrated their first Ofsted report where they achieved a ‘Good’ rating. The report said: “The manager leads a dedicated team who have high ambitions for children.”

Hampshire Chronicle: Delwood Kindergarten's visit to The Hilt

The children also have a weekly visit to the centre of Chandler’s Ford and library via the local Community First Bus where they speak to the locals about their visits. 

Maryanne said: “The locals during our recent community visits said seeing the children was like medicine. It was lovely to see them playing and reading with the children.”

Maryanne describes the Little Delwood team as family who have the children’s care and needs as number one priority. Parents have also praised the preschool and can see their children’s social and confidence skills developing because of these community outings. 

Little Delwood is situated in North Millers Dale, Chandler's Ford and is open Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm.