Nature open for playtime at Lockyer Community Kindy

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Lockyer Community Kindergarten staff, parents and students in the new playground .
Camera IconLockyer Community Kindergarten staff, parents and students in the new playground . Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

A nature playground five years in the making has brought a smile to the students of Lockyer Community Kindergarten.

Staff and students celebrated the unveiling of the new play area at the start of Term 2 after securing more than $58,000 from Lotterywest to get the project off the ground.

The new addition features a fort, sand pit and extension of the playground fence to create more space for the four kindy classes to explore.

Teacher Belinda Torr said nature playgrounds offered many benefits for students.

“They can feel the sand, they can put their feet on the rocks and the bark and we have put it amongst the trees so they can explore the natural materials with their senses,” she said.

“It was a huge wait so it was very, very exciting to get it through.

“You should see the students’ faces — they are having a ball.”

The playground marks the first phase of the school’s play space overhaul, with the community now raising funds for a bush tucker garden.

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