by Shannon du Plessis
MOURA Community Kindergarten has come a long way in a few short months, transforming their playground and winning a Queensland C&K Excellence and Innovation Award.
The Excellence in Safety Leadership Award was presented on Saturday, June 17 in Brisbane recognising the high standards of safety awareness and practice that Moura Community Kindergarten exhibits.
Drive past today and you cannot help but do a double take as what was recently an overgrown yard with skeletal trees is now a tropical environment full of places to explore and discover.
The "before” shots are a memory of when the bats came to the kindy in 2016, forcing the staff and students to move to a temporary venue in Moura's former post office until the bats moved on 14 weeks later.
The trees were felled and the garden was left to grow wild.
But since the move back, the kindy staff and committee have been dedicated to revitalising the grounds and recently celebrated the grand opening of their new playground.
President Kate Gassman said the kindy employed the services of Greenscapes to design a modern, interactive playground with vegetable gardens, pathways, water pump, Bali hut, bridges to cross over creeks and a meeting circle.
"We have been able to get up, dust ourselves off and in my opinion, end up with a pretty spectacular result,” Mrs Gassman said.
"Without the support of our kindy parents and extended families we would have not been able to achieve what we have.”
Director Rebecca Byrne said the children had had a lot of fun exploring the new playground and were very excited when it was finished.
"I'm proud we've created something beautiful and the children can interact with it in so many areas, plus there's still so much more we can do to it in the future,” she said.
The award from the C&K Association is the icing on the cake for the kindergarten that has gone from strength to strength in the face of many challenges, proving that the service embraces children, family and the community.