CHILDREN at a special school in Tanah Merah now have an added reason to smile.
Playground builder Playpoint donated $20,000 worth of equipment - including a slide and swings - to the Association of Persons with Special Needs' Katong School last month.
Playtime - which is important for learning - has never been better for the school's 70 seven- to 12-year-olds, who have mild intellectual disabilities.
The school's principal, Mrs Choo Swee Gek, said that apart from the fun, the pupils are learning how to share by queueing up and waiting for their turn as well as how to play safely. She said: 'The children get very excited. They love the playground. It offers them a space to exercise their creativity.'
On Wednesday, a group of special needs children from Rainbow Centre got a preview of a new rooftop water playground at Yishun's Northpoint mall, two days ahead of the official opening.
Accompanied by teachers and helpers, the 34 children, aged two to five, frolicked in the water for about an hour.
Rainbow Centre's senior teacher Angie Chen said exploring the new environment helped with the children's social interaction skills. The pupils are part of the centre's early intervention programme for autism.
Frasers Centrepoint Malls, which operates Northpoint, said the outing was part of the mall's ongoing efforts to be an 'active community hub' in Yishun.
This article was first published in The Straits Times.