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Gardening at South Warrnambool Kindergarten

Growing happy, healthy kids

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Budding green-thumbs are sprouting up in the Warrnambool City Council’s early years services.

Council-run kindergartens, long day care services and Family Day Care programs have recently become part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.

Founded by Australian chef and author Stephanie Alexander, the program teaches children lifelong skills in growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal, nutritious and delicious food, through regular gardening and cooking experiences.

Preschool Coordinator Mary Chenoweth said that evidence is mounting around the long-term benefits of involving children in the natural world and building their knowledge and skills in growing food.

“Our early childhood services are embracing this research and involving children for longer periods with natural materials, outdoor play and growing food to eat,” she said.

“When children take part in growing fresh food they are more willing to try it.

“The wonder of seeing a garden grow can spark questions like: Why do the plants need sun? How does the plant “drink” water? Why are worms good for the plants?

“Soon they will be talking about soil composition, life cycles, photosynthesis and more!”

You can learn more about Council’s kitchen gardens and the many other play-based experiences on offer at Kindergarten Open Day on Monday June 5.

All Council-run kindergartens have received an “exceeding” rating under the National Quality Standards.

For more information about Kindergarten Open Day visit www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/kinder or call 5559 4800.

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