Kids' mini masterpiece brights up Bradman Road Menai Early Education Centre

Little painters: Artist Fran Caruana and kids from Bradman Road Menai Early Education Centre collaborate on a creative project.
Little painters: Artist Fran Caruana and kids from Bradman Road Menai Early Education Centre collaborate on a creative project.

Children at Sutherland Shire Council's Bradman Road Menai Early Education Centre have created a mini artistic masterpiece with the help of a talented educator, Fran Caruana.

Mrs Caruana, who is also an artist with an advanced diploma in fine arts, helped the kids during a week of creativity, to create the large, layered canvas that measures 76 by 76 centimetres.

Children from the nursery and preschool age rooms worked on the creative project together.

Sutherland Shire mayor Carmelo Pesce says Mrs Caruana is one of many educators who bring additional qualifications and skills to the council's 11 early education centres.

"Each of our educators have their own interests and talents that we incorporate into our programs to create a broad learning curriculum for the children," he said.

"Among our team is a first grade rugby player, a qualified lifeguard, swim instructors, a talented musician and environmental experts.

"They love building their diverse skills and talents into our programs and sharing them with the children to enhance learning experiences."

Mrs Caruana says art is an important part of the learning program at the council's services, because it provides a creative outlet for children to express their imagination.

"Children benefit from art in so many ways and are learning every step of the way," she said. "They improve their fine motor skills when they manipulate a paintbrush, learn the basics of math when they count colours and dabbling in science when mixing colours.

"Most importantly, creating a piece of art makes children feel good, gives them a sense of accomplishment and boosts their self-confidence."

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