With your help, we would like to renovate our plot of land in the local forest with safe equipment and features to encourage investigation, curiosity, interest in nature, independent risk calculation, social skills and physical development. We would also like to be able to build a fence around our area to improve safety and deter garbage dumpers who often come in the night. If possible, we would love to add a roof over our lunch bench to enable us to visit the forest rain or shine and jump in muddy puddles!
Berry English International Childcare Centre is trying to create a nurturing, child-led environment for children living in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan.
We are always struggling with funds to provide safe, engaging and challenging equipment for our children to prove that holistic, play-based approaches work even in a second language setting.
We do not drill or pressure our children to learn English. Instead, we nurture the individual child and help them gain their own personal flavour of English in their own time while making amazing friends and memories along the way.
Unfortunately this means we have very small class sizes so that our practitioners can focus on their key children as if they are a extra parent and barely make enough money to support ourselves, let alone fund such a project. Our amazing team works for much less than they deserve but we are trying to make something amazing together.
Any help will be greatly appreciated and I only put this on here as our only option to raise funds. Unfortunately, as a sole proprietor business run by a foreigner in Japan, Our bank options are extremely limited.
Anyone who donates with their name will be put on a memorial plaque at the forest under "People Who Made This Possible". If you are local, you will also be welcome to use the space any time you wish (it is a great BBQ spot and place to take the children at the weekend!).
We have tried our best to make the environment as engaging and fun as we can and please take a look at how our forest area looks at the moment in the video below our land is actually much larger than the space we use right now, we just haven't been able to clear it all out yet: