New lease of life for kinder

By Shepparton News

Save the Children Kindergarten in Mooroopna has celebrated the reopening of its newly refurbished building.

The $570000 refurbishment was funded by the Victorian Government and Save the Children.

Save the Children’s northern Victoria regional manager Andrew Holloway said the Goulburn Valley’s Diverse Builders played a major role in sourcing donated materials and services. Hayball Architects contributed their design services free of charge and many other local businesses also made contributions towards the kindergarten project.

‘‘They’ve converted a tired old building into a state-of-the-art learning centre,’’ Mr Holloway said.

‘‘The children seem to be doing better already.’’

Mr Holloway said the overall floor size had increased by about 50 percent, expanding the size of the kinder’s learning and outdoor areas.

There were new bathrooms, a new kitchen, new storage, offices and entry-ways. This increase in size had boosted the kindergarten’s capacity, allowing 26 more spaces.

Mr Holloway said the kinder now offered access to quality preschool education for 80 children.

He said the original Mooroopna kindergarten was opened in 1969, thanks to a donation from philanthropist Kate Ratcliffe who left a significant bequest to Save the Children Australia. The original building was used up until the refurbishment.

State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp was among those who attended the official reopening ceremony.