New lawn a winner
IF THERE'S nothing better than lying on the grass on a summer's day, the children at C&K Gympie South Community Kindergarten are in luck.
The new lush green grass covering their backyard is part of extensive renovations the service has undergone valued at almost $20,000.
Director Melanie Fitzgibbon said it was two months of hard volunteering work by her fiancé Wayne Morris, a former dairy farmer, which had allowed the grass to flourish during the summer holidays.
"He used organic fertilizer and if there's one thing a dairy farmer knows well - it's how to grow a good lawn," she said.
Melanie said the renovations also included a 160sq m extension of the backyard.
"We have 75 new plants and trees with plenty of flowers to provide the children with a sensory experience," she said.
"We have doubled the size of the mud patch, made the service wheelchair friendly and installed irrigation so we can keep our garden and new grass looking like the beautiful oasis it is now."
The renovations were completed just in time for the new group of kindergarten children starting in 2013.
"It has been very exciting to meet all our new students this year," Melanie said.
"Watching the children develop throughout the year is such a pleasure."
"C&K Building waterfalls early childhood curriculum encourages children to learn through play with a stimulating outdoor environment. Our new backyard will help them to do this even more."
C&K Gympie South Community Kindergarten are opening a second group on Thursdays, Fridays and alternate Wednesdays from Thursday, February 28.
There are still some vacancies available in this group for children turning four years of age by June 30, 2013.
The renovations were funded by the Queensland Government.