Classic commercial parasols, as shown on the units installed here at the Brick By Brick Pre-school in Beckenham, show how they can act to provide solar control enabling children to enjoy the outdoors play areas without danger of sun burn which is especially an issue for younger children. These particular Classic commercial parasols have been installed using portable bases which provide stability to the parasols whilst enabling them to be moved when the area is required for other purposes. Manufactured to the highest quality the parasols are available in various sizes, square, round or rectangular, up to 6m across and can be grouped together with joining gutters to provide unbroken cover over larger areas. Installation may be with the use of portable bases, as shown here, or can be fixed into ground sockets providing permanent fixing. A number of further options are available including low consumption lighting and heating which will extend their usefulness further into the autumn.
Established in 2005, Brick by Brick is a privately owned and run pre-school situated in Beckenham, Kent providing sessional childcare under the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for children aged between 2-5 years. The premises are bright, modern and air-conditioned. They have secure out-door play and access to playing fields for the annual sports day and other activities. The opening hours are 5 mornings and 3 afternoons (Monday to Wednesday) per week for 38 weeks per year. Morning sessions are from 9.15 am to 12.30 pm. Afternoon sessions are from 1.00 pm to 4.15 pm.
Beckenham was, until the coming of the railway in 1857, a small village, with most of its land being rural and private parkland. John Barwell Cator and his family began the leasing and selling of land for the building of villas which led to a rapid increase in population, between 1850 and 1900, from 2,000 to 26,000. Housing and population growth has continued at a lesser pace since 1900 but has now reached over 300,000