New play area opened at Riverside Children's Centre

David Lee

David Lee

It is hoped a newly refurbished play area will help bring youngsters at a Maidenhead children’s centre ‘back to nature’.

The Royal Borough-run Riverside Children’s Centre, in West Dean, officially opened its new outside play area on Bank Holiday Monday.

It features a sensory garden, a selection of plants, a stream and a willow tree, as chosen by three-year-old Willow Pickering who uses the centre.

The Homebase store in Stafferton Way gave a discount for the play area’s new plants.

Heather Piper, a 52-year-old parenting worker at the centre, said: “We want children to go back to those old days where they get dirty through play and get back to nature.”

The centre aims to provide support, advice and help with parenting and education for children aged up to five.

It also houses other community groups such as Adult Learners and the Maidenhead and Windsor Innovation Project.

To celebrate the grand opening of the play area, the centre held a community day and all of the community groups who use it clubbed together to create a knitted tree featuring colourful patchwork.

A bouncy castle was also provided by the Maidenhead and Windsor Innovation Project, which helps support Pakistani and Army families in West Windsor.

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