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Dora the Explorer could help Pendle nursery to £20,000
A NURSERY in Pendle has been chosen as a finalist for children’s TV channel Nick Jr’s ‘Help Dora Help’ £20,000 award fund.
Walton Lane Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Walton Lane, Nelson is one of five nurseries from across the UK to be shortlisted out of 300 applicants.
The nursery had a visit from Dora the Explorer and received discovery and learning equipment from Chad Valley. They are now hoping to win the main prize of £20,000, if they get the most votes from the public on the Nick Jr website.
If they win the £20,000 bursary, the nursery say the money will be used to develop a nature trail as well as create a bug hotel out of recycled resources so that pupils can increase their knowledge of mini-beasts, nature and conservation.
Nursery head Audrey Wilson said: “Putting the bid together has provided opportunities for teamwork across the centre and whole community. We are thrilled to have been chosen as finalists. The children have a real interest in mini-beasts and enjoyed the range of activities which led to the creation of our entry.”
To enter, children at the nursery had to fill the Dora Map Poster with pictures and artwork and explain how the prize fund could benefit the children.
A panel, led by Nick Jr’s Wake Up World presenter Helena Dowling, alongside Nick Jr representatives and partners including The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, Dora Magazine and Chad Valley, chose the five finalists. Helena said: “The quality of entries for Help Dora Help was extraordinary and gave a great picture of the areas of educational interest across UK preschools.
“With funding required for things such buying a minibus to creating a mini beast learning zone, the finalists each demonstrate a desire to offer more educational opportunities for their pupils.”
Voting is open until November 2 and the winner announced on November 19. To vote, visit www.nickr.co.uk/helpdorahelp.
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