New sensory garden learning area at Milton Ulladulla Preschool

Dec 14, 2011 by

Recently the Milton Ulladulla Preschool received funding of $11,390 from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust for their Sensory Garden Learning Area project.

The preschool held the official opening at the 50th Anniversary Fete on Saturday 1st October 2011. The sunny day saw families spend hours together at the fete enjoying the facilities, shady backyard and play equipment. The new area allows children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn through their senses while simply being interactive in the play activities.

The garden was officially opened by Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock, and was attended by Member for Gilmore Joanna Gash, Mayor Paul Green and Chairman Paul Stephenson from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust.

This was the first opportunity for the children to enjoy the garden with its play panels and they loved it – as did their families.

Estelle Lewis from the preschool said that the children were her inspiration for the idea and design of the sensory garden and their smiling faces were reward enough for all the hard work that had gone into creating the area.

President, Debbie Geerlings, said “we were looking at ways to engage all children, including additional needs children in our outdoor area. A sensory garden is something I have always admired for the flexibility, variety of interests and that it is inclusive play area. We were very excitied to receive our funding.

“Many weekends work followed, a few sleepless nights, great tradesmen and help from the parent's committee. It has been extremely rewarding seeing the children make such good use of this space, particularly our additional needs children who were the motivation for this project,” Mrs Geerlings added.

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