Kindy providing learning experiences for 51 years
THE support of the community has kept the Maryborough Community Kindergarten and Pre-Prep going for the last 51 years.
The kindy staff look after children aged three to five and they offer a structured program to help ready the children for prep.
Teacher Carrie Ambrose, who recently graduated with a diploma started with the centre at the beginning of the year.
"I love children and I believe children in the year before school deserve high quality learning experiences to prepare them for prep - it is a big deal.
"Through play I provide learning experiences based on their interests and their skill level."
Carrie said they provided an experience through painting, playdough and drawing helping defining their fine motor for their pencil grips.
"We have been working with graphing so the children are learning to interpret graphs and data.
"They are involved in creating it which make it meaningful for them, they are interesting in their peers families so they are engaged and want to do it and we discuss it as a whole.
"I am enthusiastic about their experiences and so that makes them want to be a part of it too."
MCKP employs five staff and the association is operated by volunteers and parents of children attending. Early Childhood Education and Care co-ordinator Deb Verstege said she visited the kindy each term to support the staff, children and their families. "It is lovely to touch base - I stay all day having morning tea and lunch with the children and talk with staff. It is a holistic experience."
Association secretary Cassie Hosmer said they were trying to modernise the centre and make it a more natural environment for the children to learn.
The kindergarten will be introducing a mud kitchen, new bike track, renovating the vege garden and celebrating winter with a pyjama day on June 1.
They have an open door policy to parents and carers - so they can come in at any time and join in the activities. The centre will hold a tombola on June 3 to help with fundraising for the upgrades.
"We held a bake sale at the polling booth at Sunbury School which was sold out within hours.
"We are hoping for the same for this tombola.
"It is amazing to see businesses be so generous when times are so tough."
The association will hold the combined bake sale, plant sale, book sale and tombola with prizes were donated by parents, the community and Fraser Coast businesses.
Carrie said it was like a little community where parents can get support from other parents.
"We work really hard on building those connections with the children and their families - we are all a big family."