Wandsworth Council offer school children a free outdoor space to enjoy their break safely

With schools re-opening from Monday 1 June, the playgrounds in Wandsworth are set to become occupied with plenty of excitable children once again! With this being said, social distancing will be present within every school and measures to meet Government guidelines will be in place, ready to welcome the students back.

Wandsworth Council want to ensure children can still enjoy their break times with friends over the coming months, while maintaining to the two-metre social distancing rule. Therefore, Wandsworth’s parks and greenspaces are delighted to welcome primary schools who want to practice safe social distancing.

From Monday 1 June, Wandsworth Council will be offering this free service to all primary schools in the borough, ensuring the use of outdoor space will encourage children to use their breaktime freely, without the worry of breaching social distancing rules. 

Councillor Steffi Sutters, cabinet member for Community Services and Open Spaces, said:

“We are blessed with some beautiful parks and other green spaces in Wandsworth and we want our children to be able to use them. That way they can enjoy some fresh air, run around with their friends and still stay safe.”

The bookings will be managed by the Events Team at Enable Leisure and Culture and will be on a first come, first served basis. This service is completely free and is focused on ensuring the children have a space to enjoy during their break times. Please email events@enablelc.org to make a booking. 

There will be a limited amount of bookings available at one time depending on the greenspace required, and to ensure the social distancing measures are met with other park users. A booking must be made beforehand in order to manage the space safely.

Councillor Will Sweet, cabinet member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “We are very much being led by headteachers on how they feel their school can safely reopen, but in the heart of the city, space for energetic young people to play is always going to be at a premium. Making parks available is just one way we are supporting schools to reopen.”

This is a great opportunity for schools with limited outdoor space in a busy London borough and Wandsworth Council are excited to offer this free opportunity during these uncertain times.

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