The power of community support has put big smiles on the faces of four- and five-year olds at Tewantin Community Kindergarten, with the instalment of a new outdoor playground.
Independent Member for Noosa Sandy Bolton MP helped cut the colourful ribbon, designed by the kindergarten children, to formally open the new playground on October 24.
Early childhood educator Helen Walsh said the investment in this space is a perfect demonstration of what can happen when volunteers, the community and local organisations work together to give the next generation the best chance to interact closely with nature.
“The playground is a place for children to explore, play, learn and grow and bridge their creativity and appreciation for the natural environment, Helen said. “Through play children learn about themselves, about others and the world around them. The activities we provide for them are child-centred and are often based on ideas and events brought in by the children themselves. So, whether it’s time in the garden, creating artwork or reading, the children’s’ experiences are varied and exciting for them.
The not-for-profit kindergarten has been focused on providing unique spaces that encourage play in the same quiet, natural setting since 1965. The $19,000 playground is the result of continual fundraising driven by the kindergarten committee over the years including multiple Bunnings sausage sizzles; along with the ongoing support of the Lions Club and a $500 re-start grant from MP Sandy Bolton.
Mother of three, MP Sandy Bolton said the centre relies heavily on the support of committee members, families and the support of the community.
“The continued success of Tewantin Community Kindergarten is a testimony to the vision and hard work of all the families, local community and staff who have been involved with the community-based centre over the past 55 years and continue to be involved.
“As a parent, we simply want the best for our children and grandchildren. And we are so fortunate to have a centre like this here which offers a strong family atmosphere where both children and their parents feel a clear sense of security and belonging.”
Applications for Tewantin Community Kindergarten 2022 enrolments are now open.
To learn more call 5447 1385 or visit www.tewantincommunitykindy.com.