Children from the Firs Playgroup in Armagh have benefitted from funding received from the Southern Investing for Health Partnership (SHIP).
Funded by the Public Health Agency, the SHIPs small grant programme awarded the Playgroup funding to erect a Polytunnel. This will provide the children with a great learning opportunity giving them the chance to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs while providing them with the chance to understand nature and foster a love for the environment at an early age.
The children have been planting seeds and caring for them from the Autumn and the Polytunnel will enable the children to experience an early harvest within the school year when the children can look forward to harvesting and eating their own produce.
Donna Reilly, Playgroup Leader commented: “The Firs Playgroup would like to thank the SIHPs small grant programme for supporting us as we invest in the children’s health and wellbeing. Along with promoting children’s physical activity and lifestyle choices, this project encourages children’s co-operation, engagement and enjoyment through hands-on experiences thus providing opportunities which may not otherwise be available to them.”
Investing for Health Officer, Elaine Devlin said: “The SIHP is delighted to support the Playgroup with this project which aims to promote physical activity and healthier lifestyles among pre-school children both at school and at home.”
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