New play for toddlers

Ethan Mattocks, two, with Val Burt from P&G, at Bedlington Toddler Group which has installed a new interactive touch screen facility for youngsters.
Ethan Mattocks, two, with Val Burt from P&G, at Bedlington Toddler Group which has installed a new interactive touch screen facility for youngsters.

A toddler group helped take a Procter and Gamble employee take a trip down memory lane.

Dozens of youngsters at the Bedlington Salvation Arm Hall toddler group are reaping the benefits of the latest touch screen computer software which helps their social development skills.

The equipment was bought thanks to a £800 dation from P&G’s Community Matters Fund, with employee Val Burt on hand to official unveil it to parents and their children.

The hall holds special memories for Val who attended the Bedlington Brownies there as a ten-year-old back in the mid-1960s.

Val, a senior business assistant at P&G’s Longbenton Innovation Centre, said: “An ex-P&G employee Christine Bell, whose grandson comes here, applied for a donation from our fund.

“The software allows children to interact with games, testing their ability to recognise shapes and touch symbols on screen.

“I used to come here as a girl with the Brownies and I’ve seen two people who I’ve not seen since 1966, with their grandchildren.”

Major Karen Clark, of the Salvation Army, said: “We have had an unbelievable reaction from the children who want to be on the computer screen – they are developing their hand eye skills and social skills in that they have to take turns, which gets them ready for going to school.”