Housebuilder and developer Inland Homes recently invited a group of pre-school children to its Centre Square development to show them ‘how builders help’, showing it’s never too early to engage youngsters with the building of new homes.
The team of three- and four-year-olds came from Godstowe Preparatory School, less than a mile away from the High Wycombe development which is bringing a range of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments to the heart of the Buckinghamshire town, launching later this year. The children are studying ‘how people help us’ at the school and the visit allowed them to see not only the much-needed homes under construction, but also the way it gives local people jobs in building them.
They were taken to a safe zone on the site, not just to learn about the range of skills needed by the construction team and the machinery they use, but also to have the chance to sit on a digger brought there especially for them.
Head of nursery at the school Hannah Smart says the children benefitted a lot from the visit and the information packs they were given: “Thank you to Inland for providing the opportunity for our young children to learn so much in the real building world. It was interesting to hear a child exclaim ‘That builder looks real’ as they looked down from the viewing area. The set up you had provided meant that children could have the best possible hands-on learning experience with ultimate safety too. We do hope that in the future we may be able to bring the children back to see the progress of the work.”
The homes and skills they saw certainly impressed the young visitors, with reactions including: “I want to buy the house and then I can be next to the shops for Mummy to go shopping in those favourite shops there!”; “The diggers were so big they went up the hill and down the hill and all around the place. I wish I could be a crane driver like the man in the sky”; and “When I grow up I am going to be the builder that wears the white hat, as they are the best builders.”
Inland Homes’ CEO Stephen Wicks, says: “I was delighted to see the feedback from the school visit to Lilly’s Walk, nice to see such positivity towards the development which is set to redefine the town with new homes, green spaces, new shops and work places.”