KU Heathcote Preschool celebrates 125 years of founder

Nature play: Children at KU Heathcote Preschool tend to a vegetable garden they developed to celebrate 125 years of the preschool's founder, KU Children's Services. Picture: Supplied
Nature play: Children at KU Heathcote Preschool tend to a vegetable garden they developed to celebrate 125 years of the preschool's founder, KU Children's Services. Picture: Supplied

The children of KU Heathcote Preschool celebrated the 125th anniversary of the institution's founding organisation by establishing a vegetable garden to support sustainable practice.

KU Children's Services (KU), which runs the Heathcote Preschool, was founded in 1895 and was reportedly the first provider of early childhood education in Australia.

KU Heathcote Director, Nadine Cronan, said: "To celebrate 125 years of education at KU, we have been aiming to grow 125 plants in our vegetable garden which will be used to feed our preschool animals, support healthy eating through cooking experiences and we will use the food scraps in our worm farm."

"The children who have been learning from home recently have also been able to participate by growing their own seedlings at home that will be ready to plant once they return to preschool," she said.

According to Ms Cronan, KU Heathcote specialises in 'nature play'. The project enhanced learning for children in this area and will also provide ongoing sustainable changes at the preschool.

"We discuss the importance of healthy eating and trying new and varied foods with the children and growing our own food supports these healthy eating initiatives at the preschool and children's understanding of where our food comes from," Ms Cronan said.