The new playground at Mitchelton Pre-schooling Centre is finished and the children, parents and teachers love it!
Patience is an essential disposition when developing projects for not-for-profit organisations. The playground redevelopment began its life a number of years ago, after extensive dreaming and consultation with children, families and staff members. Some dreams do eventuate.
After delays with construction due to challenges this year and ‘supervision’ from many children, a water pump, a creek, a digging patch, a mud kitchen, rolling grass and rocks, swings, a fort and art space have all been christened. What joy!
Smiles have all been on the faces of the children, parents and teachers alike! There have been some unexpected discoveries: ‘Look you can see the trains (from the top of the bridge)’, ‘It’s like being in a shower without shampoo (water pump)!’
Some children have heard the pump working, which has prompted discussions about how the fox demand driven wash down diversion pump works. Water conservation has been and will continue to be a hot topic! As a staff team, we are over the moon to have watched children’s engagement, exchange of ideas, discovery, courage, consideration of others, problem-solving and patience.
Forward planning is in action at Mitchelton Pre-schooling Centre. We can only thank children and families from long ago who shared their ideas for children today to enjoy. Current children are brainstorming and sharing ideas for other areas, the results of which will be appreciated by future children. The playground has certainly provided rock-solid evidence that good things DO come to those who wait!