HENSMAN Street Kindy has become a staple of South Perth life during its 40-year existence.
The kindergarten was founded by Lefki Kallis on Milson Street in 1975 before moving to its current spot in 1977.
Principal Tanya Steers said when the kindergarten started, it was based on play-based learning, which has become popular again in modern times.
“Our best estimation of how many kids have been here is about 2000 kids,” she said.
“Prior to 2012 it was used by child health nurses previously but they moved away and now it’s open five days per week instead of two days.
“We are noticing the second generation of people coming through, parents who came here as little kids are sending their children here.
“It’s all about play-based exposure now but it includes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).”
To celebrate four decades of fun and learning, a birthday celebration will be held on September 17 between 9am and noon.
Baby animals, face painting, a bouncy castle and craft activities will be a part of the fun.
Hensman Street Kindy enrolments officer Nicola Alderton said there would be “oodles of fun” for the kids on the day.
“We’d love for people to come along and help up us put some names to some of the old photos,” she said.