Children at the Cleveland unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough are having lots of fun and improving their early learning skills at the same time thanks to a special storytellers chair.
The Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club wanted to take on a project which would benefit children using the unit and they designed and created the special 6-foot hand crafted chair which is now a focal point in the nursery’s outdoor play area.
The amazing chair helps bring literacy to life by using stories to stimulate the children’s imagination, encouraging creativity and fostering a love of leaning through play. It can become a throne or giant bears chair from Goldilocks and the children are already very enthusiastic and enjoying using it.
The Cleveland unit offers young children with significant educational needs or disabilities the opportunity to progress with their development through education and therapy from birth to the age of five. It has been awarded outstanding status by Ofsted and is funded by Middlesbrough Council and health organisations.
Liz Pickard, head teacher, said: “The chair is a beautiful piece of furniture and the children are already having fun and enjoying lots of play activities based around the chair which is supporting their learning. A huge thanks to all the lodge members from staff, parents and carers at the unit for providing this excellent addition to our play area.”