From visiting schools and nurseries to taking part in local events, we have worked hard to cement our position in the community as an independent business that gives back.
Our educational programme has been an enormous success. We are passionate about educating children and parents on the importance of good eyecare and found that once we began reaching out to local schools, the response was overwhelmingly positive. We have now visited over 20 local play groups, nurseries, primary schools and colleges to educate, inform and raise awareness.
Each session is tailored to the age range of students attending and we use diagrams, props and roleplay to help drive home the message in a fun and engaging way.
As well as visiting primary schools, we have held workshops at local nurseries and preschools, speaking to children as young as two. We have found that there is a misconception that children need to be four or five years old to have their eyes tested, which is of course both untrue and potentially worrisome. By visiting nurseries we aim to raise awareness among parents and staff of the importance of eye tests at all ages.
Since beginning our educational programme we have definitely seen an increase in eye examinations for younger children which is fantastic.
Pictured L is Steph with props designed by us to teach primary school age children bout anatomy and biology of the eye.
This photo was taken at Windwhistle Primary where we ran presentations and workshops for each key stage, making it our biggest and most diverse (in age) audience to date!
“We just wanted to thank you for your educational visit to Windwhistle Primary School.
The children really enjoyed your interactive talk and learnt lots about their eyes and how they work. The children had lots of questions for you which you were able to pitch at the appropriate level for each particular age group.
It was great to see that you made wearing glasses “cool” and to see children taking pride in wearing theirs.”
Windwhistle Primary Schoo
“Preschool children learned about the roles people in the emergency services play in saving lives as part of an everyday superheroes project. Little Learners Preschool which is based at St Annes Primary school in West Wick invited police and paramedics in to talk to the pupils about their work.
They also had a visit from Bowen Opticians where they were given important information about how to look after their eyesight.
The lessons were part of the preschool March theme, which is superheroes. The aim is to teach children that superheroes all around them and not just the ever popular Batman and Spider-Man!”
THE WESTON MERCURY
“Thank you so much to the lovely ladies you came out today to speak to the children at St Nicholas Church Pre School about going to the opticians. The children were engaged and happy to explore the range of glasses available, with some not even wanting to take them off!”
Manager St Nicholas Pre School
For Pre School age children we have created a story book with photos taken at the practice that explains the process of an eye examination in a reassuringly simple and positive way.
We have found that the children respond very well to this ‘story time’ method of delivery and by using photographs taken at our own practice we keep the experience consistent and familiar.
Sample pages of the storybook are pictured below.