Indian charity trip for nursery owners

A PAIR of nursery owners are taking their expertise to Kerala on a trip to help Indian playgroups.

Jo Brock and Heidi Bingham, co-founders of The Ark private day nursery, Mytholmroyd, hope to inspire leaders when they visit Anganwadi Playschool.

Jo, 38, said: "We felt the children over here have so much and we wanted to be able to give something back.

"We'll be speaking to the leader of the local kindergarten, teaching them about learning through play and how important play-based learning is for children's development.

"We'll also be hosting a one-day seminar for about 40 playgroups while we're out there and really giving them the benefit of our expertise and what we have learned over the last few years.

The trip is in conjunction with the Hope Community Village, a charity founded by Mytholmroyd resident Alan Brooks.

It aims to provide homes and a family environment for abandoned, destitute and orphaned children.

"It's really the start of a long-term link with them," said Jo, who flew out with Heidi, 37, on Tuesday.

"We're both excited but we know some of the sights are going to be a bit upsetting," she said.

"But it will be a great experience for us and we believe we're going to be bringing a lot back at an emotional level."

Their trip kicks off a "year of giving" to celebrate the nursery's outstanding Ofsted inspection report.

Children and staff will be holding fund-raising events every month, including a charity ball, and the youngsters will also be encouraged to write to Indian penpals.

Jo said: "It will give the children an understanding of the wider community and really help them to appreciate what they have in life."

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