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Bigger kindie facility for Waimea

A MAJOR kindergarten project has been completed at Waimea Heights Primary School in time for the new school year.
The project included the construction of a two-room building and connected playground, civil works and landscaping.
Waimea Heights principal Sally Gill said the new purpose-built facility had become the school’s “crowning glory”.
“There was a great need for a bigger facility because of increased enrolments. In the past four years we have had 110 students join our school,” she said.
“The building has been specifically designed for four and five-year-olds. The learning spaces, the bathrooms and all the smaller details have been built to enhance students’ learning experiences.
“Adjacent to the building is an outdoor play area that has also been designed as a recourse where students can safely learn about and utilise the environment. There is a dry creek bed, logs and digging areas to play in and around.
“The new facility has been fabulously received and is meeting the needs of staff, parents, students and friends of the Waimea community. We are extremely proud of it.”
There are currently two kindergarten classes at Waimea Heights, each of which comprise around 20 students.
Minister for Education and Skills Brian Wightman said the new facility supported the 15-hour-a-week kindergarten program, which was introduced at the start of 2013.
“The building provides kindergarten students with modern, flexible facilities and an environment where learning can thrive,” he said.
“Research shows that children’s experiences in the earliest years of life set a strong foundation for their future.
“That is why it is so important to focus on programs that support our youngest Tasmanians to give them the best possible start to their education.”

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