THE major Northern Ireland agricultural feeds company John Thompson and Sons and Early Years – the organisation for young children have come together to develop an educational initiative to help more than 32,000 young children understand the world around them.
The initiative begins with an amazing treat for 22 high achieving playgroups, nurseries and day care centres across Northern Ireland who have been chosen to receive a toy barn play-set and tractor!
In the coming months the two organisations plan to roll out an educational initiative looking at nutrition, and where food comes from across the world.
Speaking at the launch of the initiative which took place at the Stepping Stones playgroup in North Belfast, Thompsons’ CEO Declan Billington said that the company had been looking at developing its links with the community for some time, and that the opportunity to work with Early Years allowed for a real chance to give something tangible back to the communities which it serves.
“John Thompson and Sons have been part of Northern Ireland’s agricultural landscape for over a century and we’ve been looking to do something positive to help the communities which we serve for some time. We wanted to enter into an initiative which will be long lasting, and will have a positive impact right across communities in these difficult times. To that end we’re launching an educational and support initiative which will help very young children develop an interest in agriculture and in nutrition from an early age.”