ROTARY ROUND-UP: Rotarians support Kamelia Kids nursery

Rotarians and staff at the Kamelia Kids nursery
Rotarians and staff at the Kamelia Kids nursery

This week, David Chapman, from the Rotary Club of West Worthing, gives an update on the latest and future goings-on.

Members of West Worthing Rotary Club were recently taken on a tour of the Kamelia Kids nursery in Wellesly Avenue, by Dottie, Linda and Rachel, members of staff at the centre.

Kamelia Kids day nursery, one of the club’s selected charities, is for children of all abilities up to eight years old.

The nursery supports a number of pre-school children with a wide range of complex needs (long-term medical and life-limiting conditions) and those with social, educational and additional needs.

It provides ever-improving facilities for all children; with a sensory room and both indoor and outdoor play areas.

The nursery offers 51 weeks with full day care from 8am to 6pm with the provision of breakfast, lunch and after school clubs.

They are Ofsted registered and their last report was graded as ‘Good’.

The nursery is a ‘not-for-profit charity’ and relies very much on donations.

They are permanently trying to source outside help to finance equipment and to enable them to update existing internal rooms with new carpets and decor.

West Worthing Rotary Club has selected Kamelia Kids as one of its charities.

Club members were shown the items that had been bought with a West Worthing Rotary Club donation earlier in the year.

These include a sparkly play foam set, emotion balls, Ruff’s House, a liquid wheel mood change, a visual contrast and sound sensory mat and a mirrored linelite panel that had been placed in the sensory room called, the Buttercup Room.

In another room, the Sunflower Room, was a step or rocking boat, depending on which way up it was, also donated by West Worthing Rotary Club.

The tour was completed with Marie, the baby room manager, showing club members around the garden and the playrooms generally used by the mainstream toddlers, who were quietly munching away at their lunch boxes at the time.

Dottie explained: “Out of the hundred children registered, there are approximately 25 per cent who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We seek to dedicate our time to provide the highest possible standards of care and education to meet the children’s interests and needs. The safety, personal development and education of each child is our prime objective.”

West Worthing Rotary Club is seeking to develop their relationship with the Kamelia Kids nursery.

It is hoped to use the grant that the club has secured from Rotary District funds to set up a steering committee comprising of club members and Kamelia Club workers.

This will help raise the profile of the nursery in the town and support their fundraising.

As part of this initiative, there are plans to hold a cheese and wine evening at the Kamelia Kids nursery sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Businesses and members of the local community will be invited to come along and find out more about the Kamelia Kids’ activities.

Club vice president George Barton said: “High quality, safe and reliable childcare is a key requirement for young families and we are pleased to be in a position to share in ensuring such facilities are available to the community. The club gains much from its association with the Kamelia Kids nursery.”

Looking forward, West Worthing Rotary Club would like to invite you to a charity race evening at the Coral Greyhound Stadium in Hove on Thursday, February 23, at 7pm.

Enjoy all the fun and excitement of the races while enjoying a three-course dinner for £24 per head, including entry to the stadium.

For tickets and further information contact John Bayley on 01903 740241 or Sue Worthington on 01903 237736.

All proceeds will go to the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign and other charitable causes supported by West Worthing Rotary Club.

Details of Worthing’s three Rotary clubs are:

• Worthing Rotary Club meets Monday, 12.55pm, at the Chatsworth Hotel, in The Steyne, Worthing, 01903 209564.

• West Worthing Rotary Club meets Tuesday evening at Tudor Close, Ferring, 01903 501961.

• Worthing Steyne Rotary Club meets Monday evening at The Ardington Hotel, in Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 01903 234957.


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