Approval given for £80,000 sensory room

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Planners have approved a bid for an estimated £80,000 extension to the Pre-School Assessment Centre.

The Department of Education and Children-run facility in Pulrose applied (13/91423/B) for a single storey extension to provide a new sensory play room.

The project is being funded by Manx Miracles, a charity for families and children with additional needs and disabilities, with additional support from the Wooden Spoon charity.

Head teacher Jo Radcliffe said it would enable children to develop their ability to integrate and assimilate auditory, visual, oral and vestibular information in their own unique ways to regulate and become confident learners on the road to being competent adults. The sensory room will feature a range of equipment including interactive lighting with an LED musical touch wall and a second touch wall, a mobile sensory station, an interactive bubble wall, a vibration floor, a rocking seat, and a sunken trampoline.

Construction costs are estimated at £60,000 as well as £10,000 to fit out the sensory room and £10,000 contract administration.

The Pre-School Assessment Centre ensures children with special needs are assessed and their requirements identified when starting school. It is hoped the work will be completed by the summer holidays.

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