By Casey Neill
Dandenong Day Nursery has a new outdoor toddler play space, thanks to a $10,000 grant.
Co-ordinator Deborah Noble said the cash from waste and water management company SUEZ would allow children to participate in both indoor and outdoor programs.
“The funding will be spent on removing an existing gate and creating a new area so children can have independent access to the natural environment,” she said.
“The project will also establish a vegetable garden, sand pit and communal gathering area that allows the toddlers to discover, explore and develop an understanding and respect for natural and constructed environments.
“This will allow us to develop the children’s appreciation for the natural world and develop an awareness of the impact of human activity on the environment.”
SUEZ’s Victorian general manager, Kelvin Sargent, said the company was pleased to be supporting a project that was focused on creating a sustainable future.
“It is fantastic that the team at the Dandenong Day Nursery has such a passion for sustainable environments,” he said.
“It is pleasing to know that this new space will allow children of all ages at the nursery to easily interact with their natural surroundings.”
The SUEZ Community Grants program is now in its third year.
Applications for the 2017 round are opening soon. Visit www.suezcommunitygrants.com.au.