Kindy celebrates 40 years of shaping children’s early years

Kindy celebrates 40 years of shaping children’s early years

Tannum Sands Kindergarten has celebrated 40 years of providing quality preschool education, and the important role the centre has played in the early years of over 1,760 local children.

At a special birthday celebration last month, Co-Director and Teacher Melissa de Koning, who has been with the centre for 17 years, said it was exciting that the kindergarten had reached such an impressive milestone.

“I think it’s important to recognize all the past dedicated and passionate early childhood professionals who have worked at the kindergarten over the years,” she said.

“It is our enthusiasm from the job, and the value we place on working in partnership with our families, in order to achieve the best educational outcomes for their children, that keep those families coming back to Tannum Sands Kindergarten.

“Our longevity and success of the kindy is without a doubt due to the amazing community feel it has.

“Our families are always made to feel welcome, and they in turn invest a lot of time and effort into helping to care for the kindergarten.”

Melissa said it was a privilege for the centre to play such an important role in shaping the critical early years for so many local children.

“We feel fortunate that so many families have chosen our centre to provide a warm and caring environment to promote learning, confidence, friendship and growth,” she said.

“Our engaging indoor and beautifully appointed outdoor environment allows children to explore, connect with nature, discover, question and experiment on their kindergarten journey.

“We build upon children’s natural curiosity and appreciation of the environment by providing authentic opportunities to connect with nature and learn about sustainability within the kindy, community and through our Beach Kindy program.”

The Tannum Sands Kindergarten was recently awarded Exceeding in each of the seven National Quality Standards in Kindergartens.

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