First Steps Nursery reveal an exciting new play destination

Children holding balloons at first steps village launch
Children holding balloons at first steps village launch

A village with a difference has been officially opened in Chichester - and the children are taking over.

First Steps new Village officially opened its doors to more than 100 people on Saturday, May 12 after a ribbon cutting ceremony the previous day.

Julie Kapsalis, managing director at the college, and Lucy Oldham with First Steps staff cutting the ribbon

Julie Kapsalis, managing director at the college, and Lucy Oldham with First Steps staff cutting the ribbon

The purpose of the village at Chichester College is to help children aged six and under explore, interact and play in a safe yet stimulating environment.

It features many lifelike buildings in order to create a realistic village feel for the children and has a vets, a cafe, a supermarket, mechanic’s workshop, picnic area and outside ‘farm’.

Along with the stations there is a the opportunity to dress up, a babies corner, changing facilities and a self service kitchen.

Staff at the college said the feature areas will provide the young children with the perfect opportunity to explore their imaginations through various role play activities.

Marketing and business development manager at First Steps Childcare, Lucy Oldham, said: “Role-play provides children with the opportunity to explore their imaginations, enabling them to learn about themselves, others and the world around them. Within First Steps Village, children are able to take on a familiar role to them – such as shopping or visiting the café or they can try out a new role such as a vet or mechanic.”

The new creative village is now open every Saturday and throughout half term particular dates will be confirmed from First Steps.

Each play session lasts a total of one hour and a half. Entry is £6 and every child must be accompanied by a responsible adult (entry is free for accompanying adults).

Refreshments will be included within the entry price.

The village is based First Steps nursery on the Chichester College campus.

For more information, and to make a booking, visit firststepsvillage@chichester.co.uk or call 01243 530247.