New System of Adjustable Tables Hits School and Nursery Market

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Now you can adjust table height in seconds, with a revolutionary new table design from Community Playthings. Lightweight but incredibly strong, these tables are built to stand up to years of use. The legs have no loose parts, and require no tools.

In the past few years the UK has seen many government initiatives to improve the lot of nurseries and schools. Sure Start programmes, Neighbourhood Nurseries, and Children’s Centres have sprung forth in a wave of unprecedented activity. The programme as outlined in the Green Paper, Every Child Matters, includes the goal of wraparound care from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. available on primary school premises across the country. Extended schools will serve as hubs from which to offer joined-up childcare and community services.

If these concepts are to succeed, flexibility in the use of school furniture is of prime importance. A typical classroom in this scenario may well play host to a breakfast club followed by classes in the morning, then serve a mixed group (special educational needs inclusive) for snacks and supervised play in the afternoon. Proper selection of quality tables can help make transitions easier. Enter the Multitable… Thoroughly researched by an international design team, this truly unique table meets a long list of criteria that practitioners have been asking for. Designed for swift assembly/disassembly and compact storage, Multitables allow a room to serve equally for table activities or as an open-floor area. It’s a snap to switch age groups or activities: tables are height adjustable within seconds and easily movable. Modular shapes put a host of arrangements at your fingertips. The tables can be used at an angle, which is ideal for the special needs child, as they bring the child’s work to his level without bending. And the wheelchair accessibility of the Multitable makes it ideal for SEN inclusion.

Although there are many unknowns regarding the long-term implementation of the government’s programme for children, there is little doubt that the demand for wraparound care and extended school services will continue to spur invention to accommodate them. Forward-thinking educators will be best positioned for this new claim on their facilities if staff are initiated into maximizing the use of classroom furniture at their disposal. The care and readiness of staff to adapt to children’s changing needs throughout the day will go a long way in providing the seamless experience parents are looking for.

The tables can be viewed at http://www.communityplaythings.co.uk and one of the staff is always ready to discuss your needs with you.

Community Playthings designs and manufactures quality children’s furniture and toys and is the main funding source for the charity Bruderhof Communities in the UK, a faith-based group of families and singles founded in Europe in 1920. An educational community influenced by Froebel, Pestalozzi, and other progressive thinkers, the Bruderhof gave Community Playthings a foundation it has built on through over half a century in business: letting children be children, and putting their needs first.

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Bernard Hibbs