New playground a hit with children at Moonee Beach
When the children at Goodstart Moonee Beach head to their new playground, they say they’re going out to the park.
The $200,000 renovation has been so extensive, according to centre director Karen Hunt, that the children feel like they’re heading out on an excursion.
“The large outdoor space has a truly lovely atmosphere which the children really love playing in,” Ms Hunt said. “It’s bought a lot of new energy to the centre by creating an environment where the children can explore and have fun.”
The playground, which was designed with children’s development in mind, includes a sensory garden, a water tank which the children can access to water the gardens and a deck above a slide which acts as a viewing platform. There is a mud kitchen with running water, a herb garden and a yarning circle.
“The favourite spot for children has so far been the slide where the children climb up via the rock wall or the rope and then slide down, and land in the sandpit.
“There’s a waterfall next to it that the children are calling their very own ‘waterslide’ bringing water to the sandpit creating a riverbank atmosphere.”
Natural elements are used throughout, following Goodstart Early Learning’s commitment to embedding sustainable practices in the centre.
“It’s all about educating children through play-based learning and encouraging them to engage in the natural environment.”
The nursery area is now being renovated and will be ready in a few days.
Goodstart Moonee Beach is just one of the latest Goodstart Early Learning centre to benefit from an upgrade as part of the not-for-profit’s investment into improving centres.