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Come one, come all to childrens centre

Doll house: Tilly and Mackenna have a good time furnishing the kinder doll house.

LEONGATHA Children’s Centre has accepted its whole new batch of three-year-old kinder students after years of having to turn some away.
The new buildings at the centre have meant a greater number of children have been able to enrol.
Over 150 families use the Leongatha Children’s Centre on a permanent basis, with plenty more casually.
“It’s the first time since I can remember that we won’t have an over threes waiting list,” director Paula Holt said.
“In the past we just had too many children to fit, but now we can accommodate them all.
“It’s going to be a lot easier for working families to organise kinder now.”
It has been 14 years since the building was first established in 1998, and even then the designers knew that more space was going to be required.
“It was fantastic foresight by the planning staff and councillors at the time,” Ms Holt said.
The plan has been 10 years in the making, with a business plan drawn up in late 2001.
“The committee at the time wanted the buildings to be done and ready for children sooner rather than later, and since then they’ve been working with the community and different organisations to make it happen,” Ms Holt said.
And there certainly is not a lack of space at the centre. Room was already pencilled in to fit more children.
“Obviously the space was already here so it was just all about getting it done,” Ms Holt said.
“Our rooms are actually larger than required. The two playgrounds out the back are fit for nearly 200 kids but we won’t ever have that many.
“It’s good for kids to have room to be able to run around.”
The children’s centre committee has been working with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development on such matters as licensing, direction and planning.
Also working with the centre has been the Victorian Curriculum Authority.
Together with the local TAFE organisations, the centre will be able to teach TAFE students and give them hands-on experience.
“We actually have a vision room built in behind one of our kinder rooms,” Ms Holt said.
“It means students can see what is going on in the kinder without disturbing the children.
“Sometimes kinder kids change their behaviour if they know someone is watching, so this has been a brilliant idea.”
Viewing and experiencing the young children’s activity has been noted as essential for any students.
“It is so much better than a text book. There are plenty of things that a text book just can’t teach that seeing and experiencing can,” Ms Holt said.
“Then they are able to discuss it then and there, and their ideas can be fully understood.”

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