Ready, steady, run! Chickens inspire a fundraising day

all dressed up From left, Kieron French, Dwayne Mettam, pre-school leader Sue Till, Blake Stone and Mark Turvey during the chicken run. Picture: Sarah Standing (131921-1000)
all dressed up From left, Kieron French, Dwayne Mettam, pre-school leader Sue Till, Blake Stone and Mark Turvey during the chicken run. Picture: Sarah Standing (131921-1000)

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CHICKENS were the inspiration for a fundraising run at a school in Havant.

The children at St Clare’s Pre-School in Warren Park took part in the chicken run to celebrate Ofsted grading the school as outstanding and to help boost coffers for new IT gear..

They need four new laptops and raised more than £200.

The youngsters have chickens that they care for in their pre-school.

So they all dressed up as the birds and ran up and down the fields at Warren Park Primary School to help raise the money.

Pre-school leader Sue Till said: ‘We hatched the chickens from eggs.

‘It’s about knowledge and understanding of the world.

‘The children saw them hatch and how new life was to begin.

‘They love them. They really enjoy having them there.

‘We needed to raise money for the IT equipment. So I suggested doing a chicken run.’

And Mrs Till said the children enjoyed themselves.

‘They thought it was brilliant. It was such a hot day so the chickens didn’t want to run.

‘They just wanted to stay in the shade and watch.

‘The chickens are used to adults and children.

‘We have got little harnesses for them so we take them out for walks.

‘We’re in a deprived area and some of our children don’t have pets or even gardens so we like to do this. The chickens love it.’

Ofsted inspectors praised the pre-school, grading it as outstanding in all areas.

The report said that staff are caring and perceptive and help children to form secure emotional attachments.

They progress well due to the excellent support provided by the staff.

Mrs Till added: ‘It’s absolutely brilliant.

‘Our staff did really well to get outstanding. It was very hard. It’s a good achievement.

‘The staff work very hard, and the children are happy to come in.

‘They enjoy coming in and playing with the staff.

‘The staff work well with the families. We work very closely with parents.

‘We help the children to achieve before they go up to their next big step for bigger school.’