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Nursery children encouraged to draw pictures of the Grenfell Tower fire

A nursery in Reading are encouraging their pupils to draw pictures of the Grenfell Tower fire to "help them understand"

Children as young as three are being encouraged to draw pictures of the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed the lives of at least 80 people.

Pupils at the Caversham Nursery in Reading have been putting their interpretation of the inferno down on paper after teachers at the nursery noticed that a lot of the youngsters were asking questions about the traumatic ordeal.

A drawing by one of the children at the nursery (Credit: BBC)

Headteacher Lisa Bedlow was happy with the idea, and said that staff had not wanted to ignore the concerns of the children.

Ms. Bedlow confirmed that parents were informed of the idea before it was put in place and had not objected.

She told the BBC that the children had seen videos and images of the tower on their TVs which had spurred an unplanned discussion about the fire.

Another child's picture showed people falling from the tower (Credit: BBC)

She said: "It is really important for this next generation of children to feel they can be open and honest and share their concerns and worries.

"If you don't discuss it, then it's sitting in their head. They're mulling it over and they are questioning, 'How am I going to know about this', or 'I'm not sure'.

"That's when it could potentially become a mental health issue in later years."

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