Since January Co-DB and Co-DB Play have been working with NEF (New Economics Foundation) to design and build a new parent led nursery in Deptford to model affordable childcare.
During a number of community events, over the summer months, Co-DB has supported a range of activities, including planting, installing mud kitchen, building climbing structure and creating a designated nature area, to get the out door spaces ready for the transition from a stay and play venue and community centre, to an early years childcare setting.
These community events were open to all the community including older children, partners and neighbours on the estate. They have been a great way to get more people involved as well as an efficient way to get stuff done. Eating together has also played a vital part in all these events. It has been a real pleasure to watch people use these community events to start to take ownership over the space and feel empowered to take actions which positivley impact the space and other people relationship to it. From small things like helping to prepare food and refreshing existing furniture with a lick of paint to bigger things like taking on the design and planning of the whole parts of the garden.
The biggest thing that we acheived together was the constuction of the new ‘Play Mountain’ climbing structure with tree house and ramp. The support and enthusiasm of everyone who came to help was integral to us getting it made and installed with the budget we had available.
Really looking more to community build days in the autumn!