EARLY LEARNING: Beau Thornton, Noah Thornton and Karrington King at the Warwick Community Kindergarten last year.
EARLY LEARNING: Beau Thornton, Noah Thornton and Karrington King at the Warwick Community Kindergarten last year. Gerard Walsh

Kindy runs under new banner

THE Warwick Community Kindergarten in Dragon St has welcomed the new year with some fresh and exciting changes, and with more still to come.

A new group of children started their educational journey last week at the well-respected community kindy.

The children are settling well into their new routine and having so much fun they don't even realise how much they're learning!

Families were welcomed last week with a newly landscaped entrance/play area, as well as many new play areas including a bike track, 'wet pit' and watercourse, vegetable and herb beds and woodland gardens for exploring. This was all thanks to a $154,339 grant received under the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education.

This year, the Kindergarten also began a new partnership with Lady Gowrie as its governing body. Lady Gowrie specialises in looking after affiliated kindergartens in Queensland and has been doing so for more than 70 years. They will provide the kindy with specialised support for all staff and continue to ensure that it maintains its 'community' feel and environment.

As part of the changeover to becoming a Lady Gowrie kindergarten, the kindy now also has two new 'welcome' signs.

In the coming weeks, a new parent committee will be voted in at the AGM on February 19, and they will carry on the hard work to ensure the kindy continues to provide a wonderful learning environment for the children of Warwick.

Also in the pipeline is a new website for the kindergarten, which will offer a one-stop shop of information - programs, fees, online enrolment form, events calendar and more. So stay tuned and keep your eye out for http://www.warwickkindy.com.au.

The committee was very excited to see all their work throughout 2013 come to fruition in time to welcome families for 2014.

"The Kindy is looking great thanks to the grant we received and it's lovely to hear the positive feedback from our new families," kindergarten president Louise Ratcliffe said.

"We are also looking forward to working with our new governing body, Lady Gowrie, as the staff are already commenting on how well the new partnership is going.

"The new website is going to be a fantastic tool for the kindergarten and we look forward to launching it soon," Mrs Ratcliffe said.

Very limited places are still available for 2014 and the waiting list for 2015 is now open, so if you would like your child to "learn through play" and experience all that the Warwick Community Kindergarten has to offer, enrol today by contacting Julie on (07) 4661 2138 to organise a play visit.



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