A HAMPSHIRE nursery has opened a new sensory room thanks to a donation from a housing developer. 

Buttercups Nursery School in Whiteley wanted to turn its quiet area into a special room for the children. But short on funds, it was proving impossible.

That was until housebuilder David Wilson stepped in. The developer handed over a £1,500 cheque to Buttercups for the renovations.

Helen Akerman, Buttercups Nursery School’s owner and manager, said: “Being in the PVI sector it is often difficult to raise extra funds to support our children’s learning and development. We are thrilled to have had David Wilson Homes’ support. Our new sensory room will offer a place for our children to go to if they are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed, and will also help them to understand and cope with their feelings, which is so important. They’re all loving their new space.”

READ MORE: Tickets go on sale for Trinity’s Big Sleep Out at Winchester College

Hampshire Chronicle: Buttercups Nursery School donation

Tammy Bishop, David Wilson Homes sales director, said: “We want to show our support for organisations in the communities in which we’re building and when we heard that Buttercups Nursery needed some funds to create a sensory space for its children, we just had to help. The new room looks incredible, and it looks like it’s had a thumbs up from all the kids here, which is great to see.”

As well as the new sensory room, David Wilson’s donation has also meant that the Whiteley nursery school has been able to purchase a second cart to help staff transport resources to the nursery’s woodland morning that the children take part in every week.

Helen added: “Being able to take our children outside to learn about nature, is a crucial part of their development. A huge thank you to David Wilson from everyone here.”

Buttercups Nursery School has been a notable part of the Whiteley community since 1998.