Carinya Early Childhood Centre welcomes new equipment thanks to QLE Grant
Children and staff at Carinya Early Childhood Centre are the thankful recipients of nearly $8,000 in funding, recently issued through the Quality Learning Environments (QLE) Grant program, which has been used to purchase new play equipment for their under three years age group.
Speaking with local publisher Cowra Guardian, Director of Cowra Early Childhood Services, Susan Callaghan, said the equipment chosen has been tailored to build children’s gross motor skills, coordination and upper body strength.
Monkey bars, obstacle course equipment, timber boxes, ladders and more will help the Under Three group to build important physical skills, with upper body strength being a foundational aspect of writing and drawing in later years.
In presenting the funding, Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said it was “good to see how far we’ve come in relation to the development and availability of affordable equipment for preschools and for all abilities”.
“I’m looking forward to seeing that entire space come together with all the pieces of equipment being invested in and looking forward to seeing the lives of these young people being improved through this type of investment,” Ms Cooke told Cowra Guardian.
As well as offering a stand alone service which supports Cowra and surrounding districts, the mobile service offered by Carinya “is absolutely incredible for our smaller communities,” she added.