LITTLE HELPERS: Allora Community Kindergarten lads Tommy Worboys, Luke Johnston and Billy Bange “help out” the builders.
LITTLE HELPERS: Allora Community Kindergarten lads Tommy Worboys, Luke Johnston and Billy Bange “help out” the builders. Katie Cameron

Youngsters at kindy keep up with reno

"BEING a roadwork" is the latest career wish for some of Allora Community Kindergarten youngsters who have been watching wide-eyed as their kindergarten building has undergone a makeover.

The kindergarten has received a renovation and refurbishment grant from the State and Federal National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education.

The funding will give the centre some much-awaited development, and director Fiona Millburn said they had some big plans.

"The kindergarten was actually the old principal's residence from the school, which was moved to the site 30 years ago," she said.

"Because it's not purpose-built we have a challenge with the facilities."

The extension will feature more physical room and bigger class

spaces, as well a deck with high fences and drop-down cafe blinds.

"We want to make that room a creative expression area where we can put the art or woodwork," Fiona said.

"Underneath will be an outdoor eating area, and around the front of the building we will have an access ramp for clients with additional needs."

After five months of waiting for council approval, the expansion finally started two weeks ago and is expected to be completed by the end of term three.

Fiona said the construction was a hot topic with the children, who were learning quickly.

"We tried to involve the children in the whole process," she said.

"We've shown them plans and even watched the builders from the window.

"They are active participants and it's very exciting for everyone".



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