Community Grants funding promotes creativity and independence

Friday, 22 September 2017

The Queenscliff Kindergarten has made great use of Council’s Community Grants funding to offer outdoor education sessions that promote creativity, independence and resilience.

The Kinder Explorers Program encourages the kinder kids to try new things, develop their capacity for risk assessment and use their imagination to invent their own games.

“It’s terrific to see the results of our Community Grants program in action,” said Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Councillor Tony Francis. “Council is very proud to be able to support projects like these that contribute to health, wellbeing and learning in our community.”

The Kindergarten also used the Community Grants funds to purchase wet weather gear for the Kinder Explorers Program that can be reused in the kinder yard for water and mud play and on local walking excursions. The kinder kids are further developing their independence by discovering how to wash and dry their wet weather gear after use.

Ruth Savage is the four to five year old teacher at the Queenscliff Kindergarten and played a key role in implementing the program.

“The Kinder Explorers Program is such a great learning concept, and we were so excited to receive the grant from the Borough of Queenscliffe Council to continue the program into the future,” said Ms Savage.

Queenscliff Kindergarten teachers and parent helpers supervise the 27 children taking part in the fortnightly program. All teachers are fully trained in first aid and carry mobile phones, necessary medications and a complete first aid kit on Kinder Explorers sessions.

If you would like to find out more about Council’s Community Grants program, visit the Grants and Funding page of Council’s website, www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au/community/grants-and-funding, and click on ‘Community Grants’.