Church opens doors for new pre-school

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A new playgroup for under fives opens next week at Ilkeston’s St Mary’s Church.

The pre-school session, named Play n Praise, will run every Wednesday, starting March 5, from 10.15 - 11.30am.

Rachel Coupe, an experienced playworker who will run the group, said: “This is a wonderful, old, historic building which pre-schoolers can explore with their carers.

“The programme will be carefully structured to gently encourage children to be helpful and sharing.

“There will be a simple craft for the adults and their children to make together.

“Babies can watch and learn from toddlers performing action songs and playing musical instruments.”

Playing with puppets, bible stories and snack time will also make up the weekly sessions.

Rachel added: “This is a great opportunity in the cold weather to get your little one out of the house and playing happily in an exciting environment.

“People can come along and make friends in a caring, sociable atmosphere.”