Rossmoyne Community Kindergarten: four year dream comes true with opening of nature playground


Raf Alonso, Camille Alonso and Sydney Teo with teacher Michelle Hamley. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Raf Alonso, Camille Alonso and Sydney Teo with teacher Michelle Hamley. Picture: Matt Jelonek

A DREAM held for four years has come to fruition at the Rossmoyne Community Kindergarten, as educators and parents unveil a nature playground on Friday.

With the aim of building social, emotional and cognitive development of young children, the road to the end was paved with fundraising, planning and grants applications.

The kindergarten is one of 18 Community Kindergartens remaining in Western Australia run independently from public schools and relies on community contributions, grants and fundraising activities to remain open.

A Lotterywest grant worth $66,356 enabled the project to be completed in four weeks.

Research has found natural playgrounds provide children with more opportunities to develop gross-motor skills and contact with nature has been associated with a number of health benefits for children.

Parent and board treasurer Amanda Spencer-Teo said is was good to see the project become a reality and the upgrades would modernise the facilities.

“With these upgrades Rossmoyne Community Kindergarten will be one of the most state of the art and picturesque facilities, with it being nestled on just over a quarter acre of land surrounded by 60 year old trees, vegetable patches, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs,” she said.