Child Protection Week will take centre stage next week, serving as a timely reminder of the faith we put in others to keep our kids safe.
Many North Shore locals who have been entrusting their little ones to Mudjimba Community Kindy since 1986. Fundraising co-ordinator, parent and kindy advocate, Michelle Hoogenhout said the Cottonwood Street kindy is focussed on providing industry leading programs that assist children to learn, grow and thrive.
“What’s also special is Mudjimba locals raised the funds to build this place, and we still operate as a not-for-profit organisation. Operating as a C&K Kindy, we’re so grateful for our quiet, natural setting. Our kids enjoy a large outdoor shady play area and even the occasional kangaroo visit from next door. Our staff, led by Donna Farman are very experienced, caring and supportive of children's individual needs,” Michelle added.
She said that learning independence skills that are vital to children when they eventually start school.
“Our children learn to make friends and socialise in groups. They go home with songs they have sung, ways to garden, art works and have plenty of stories about their day. There is always something different, a new theme like animals, colours, countries and cultures,” Michelle shared.
Like so many other community based businesses, the kindy has been active in approaching sponsors for to help with the purchase of new equipment and resources, So, after the Marcoola Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank supported the kindy with the purchase of new playground equipment a few years ago, contact was made to purchase some new tables for the kids to sit at during break time.
This week, branch manager, Kerryn Vincart got back in touch with Michelle with another $1,000 donation and then accepted the invitation to see the amazing difference the new tables have made.
“My whole experience visiting the kindy was just fantastic! There was so much excitement and the kids were really proud to show off their bright kindy t-shirts as they sat down for a photo,” Kerryn said.
“Donna and the team just adore the kids and the feeling is obviously mutual. I’m so happy our branch has been able to support the kindy, and were able to because our North Shore community support us. I suppose in that way, our Marcoola Community Bank branch and Mudjimba Community Kindy are very similar. We hope we can do more to support them in the future,” she added.
The kindy is also excited about their major fundraiser for the year - an Open Day and Spring Fete set to take place on Saturday, September 9. Funds raised will assist in continuing the best environment, experiences and resources available to the kids in the year ahead
“We hope lots of locals will call in and say hello on September 9. From 11.00am - 2.00pm here at 37 Cottonwood Street. All children are welcome to play and meet our team who’ll be able to answer any questions visitors may have. We hope to spark your child’s curiosity, extend their imagination and encourage their creativity.
“Our STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), literacy, and nature-based learning activities are all based on play, discovery and the joy of childhood. Our programs are all based on preparing children for school and life beyond the classroom,” Michelle concluded.
If you would like to find out more information about Mudjimba Community Kindy or the Open Day and Spring Fete, call Michelle on 0419 701 606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kerryn Vincart and Donna Farman outside Mudjimba Community Kindy last week