Willmore wins grant to help prepare children for success.

Photo Caption: Mark Furner, Ferny Grove MP, presenting Willmore Kindergarten with a cheque for their Small Assistance Grant from the Queensland Government.

Willmore Kindergarten and Preschool have been awarded a Small Assistance Grant for Early Years Services from the Queensland Government worth almost $20,000.

The local, non-for-profit community kindergarten has been serving the Ferny Hills area for 48 years and funding received will significantly benefit Willmore’s teaching team, current and future children and families as well as other educators and community members in the local community.

Willmore’s Director, Mrs Linda Meinicke said the project will provide education and information on development, cognition and living skills to kindergarten aged children (aged 3.5 – 5), parents, and educators at Willmore Kindergarten to increase the child’s likelihood of success.

“The grant has enabled us to employ two clinical psychologists, Ms Chrystal Gray from Gray Matter Psychology and Dr Sacha Rombouts from Happy Minds Australia who will work with Willmore across this year and next year.”

Mrs Meinicke said, “To be able to work with other professionals to deliver our program is a wonderful stepping stone in moving forward with Early Years Education”.

Ms Gray believes in capitalising on individuals’ strengths and adopting a holistic approach involving family systems, other caregivers, and medical professionals to achieve the best outcomes. Ms Gray will work with the children on providing them with tools and strategies to help them to develop their resilience and work with staff on supporting them with strategies for children currently at the centre.

With a passion for working with children, Dr Rombouts believes in supporting positive changes to all layers of a child’s life, including family and school. Dr Rombouts will run a series of professional development programs for staff and workshops and resources for families and the Willmore Community on building resilience and behaviour management.

“The benefits this project will bring to the children, families and staff is immeasurable,” said Mrs Meinicke.

“We are extremely grateful to the Queensland Government for funding this project. We know that to be confident and resilient are the cornerstones for all children to thrive in our community.”


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