KU Preschool Heathcote opens new playground thanks to Quality Learning Environments program grant

Nature's classroom: George and Samuel enjoy their new outdoor play area at a Heathcote preschool.
Nature's classroom: George and Samuel enjoy their new outdoor play area at a Heathcote preschool.

Education blends with nature at a new playground that is open for exploring.

The play area at KU Heathcote Preschool, a non-profit organisation, was recently renovated by The Greenmakers.

It includes soft fall grass, a creek and a water play area, thanks for funding through the Quality Learning Environments program grant from the NSW government, plus a contribution from the centre.

It is designed to encourage play through imagination and experimenting. Children interact with living creatures and learn about sustainability.

Preschool director Nadine Cronan says the state's current environmental issues serves as a valuable teaching source.

"With NSW currently being in a drought, the new creek and water play areas have allowed us to discuss and incorporate the responsible use of water throughout the day, which the children are now developing an understanding of," she said.

"We plan to further improve our outdoor space by adding garden beds to grow more herbs and vegetables for the preschool and as a food source for our guinea pigs."

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