Children to connect better with nature

Connecting children to indigenous culture and nature was the driving force behind Park Terrace Kindergarten's application for grant funding through the Junior Landcare program.

The centre received $875 and Toybox Child Care received $1000 for garden projects through Landcare, who aim to inspire children with projects focussed on sustainability and enhancing native habitats.

Gill Jenkins, a teacher at the Park Terrace Kindergarten, said they heard about the grant through a parent.

"(They) talked about wanting to develop the outdoor play space to include some learning about Indigenous culture and nature and those things are very dear to us," she said.

Director Lyn Boase said they found out their grant was successful last year.

"We were thrilled because we then knew that we had the funds there ready to be used for something that we felt was really important, so that can be put into place now."

She said they wanted the garden to belong to the children so "it's a part of who they are while they're at Park Terrace kindy".

Ms Boase said they were consulting with Indigenous locals about the kind of garden to plant, and were researching the best types of plants that could be grown.



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