Upgrades impress children at Little Learners Early Development and Education Centre

Ben Trayler (5) and Amelia Ciplys (4) enjoying the new water feature in the new playground at Little Learners Early Development and Education Centre in White Gum Valley. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au   d445960
Ben Trayler (5) and Amelia Ciplys (4) enjoying the new water feature in the new playground at Little Learners Early Development and Education Centre in White Gum Valley. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d445960

IT was once “pretty uninspiring”, but a recent garden makeover at the Little Learners Early Development and Education Centre in White Gum Valley now has the children eager to play outside all day.

Centre director Ken Scott-Hamilton said the garden had just been brick paving across three levels, with a playground divided in two separate areas by a prison grey pool fence and nothing to spark the children’s imagination.

Enter Terry Farrell, from Nature Based Play, who transformed the space with new landscaping, removed the fences and introduced mounds, logs and rocks for the children to explore and play on, as well as water play areas, peepholes and other interactive features.

“The goal was to recycle as many of the existing resources as possible, and from the children’s perspective create a wide variety of uniquely engaging play-based activities,” Mr Scott-Hamilton said.

“We believe this has been achieved, the children can now interact with and explore the many different sensory aspects with the environment acting as their third teacher.

“Now they are excited to spend their time outside exploring.”