Grants support Mosgiel kindergarten

Learning new skills . . . Children play in the new sandpit at Mosgiel Central Kindergarten. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Receiving community grants was a “lifeline” for a Mosgiel kindergarten.

Mosgiel Central Kindergarten has a new sandpit and sunshade, thanks to some funding grants and help from the community.

Head teacher Rebecca Gillan said the sandpit was an “open-ended resource” and one of the busiest areas at playtime.

It had multi-level areas of play and a built-in storage cupboard to house the toys, she said.

It allowed children to exercise different fundamental skills, including manipulative and muscle skills.

During the kindergarten’s Waitangi Day celebrations, children planted natives beside the sandpit as part of their roles as kaitiaki (guardians).

Construction of the sandpit was done by Neville Stewart Landscaping and took about month to complete.

It was ready on the first day of term this year.

The kindergarten had been fundraising for two years and made a conscious effort last year to focus on securing grants.

It received $10,000 from both the Otago Community Trust and the Alexander McMillan Trust, and $5000 from the Lion Foundation to put towards the project.

The rest, about $17,000, was raised by the kindergarten community.

Dunedin Kindergartens also contributed.

Ms Gillan said the community grants were a “lifeline” to the kindergarten.

“They were amazing support for us.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”