New Hope gives kindy kids technology boost

12 June 2014

Local kindy kids will have the opportunity to develop important computer skills from an early age, thanks to a donation from the New Hope Group.

The New Hope Group recently donated a number of computers to Cuddly Bears Babies and Children’s Centre and C&K Oakey Community Kindergarten and Preschool.

Cuddly Bears Babies and Children’s Centre supervisor Michelle Farquharson said the computers would be incorporated into the Centre’s daily program.

“You have no idea what this donation means to Cuddly Bears and the children,” she said.

“It means they can now start developing their computer skills which in this day and age, is vital.

“Using computer keyboards and the mouse will help the children improve their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, and having the computers will also assist them in learning how to share and take turns.”

Ms Farquharson said the children were enjoying using the new computer equipment.

“Even the first day they arrived, the children were already excited to have the computers and wanting to know when they could start using them,” she said.

“Currently the children are learning to navigate through educational software packages which will help develop a range of skills such as comparing, thinking, sequencing, and sound and letter recognition.”

New Acland General Manager Andrew McDonald said he hoped the children would benefit from the donation.

“Being able to use technology is an important part of a child’s education,” he said.

“We are very proud to support the development of young children in our local community by providing these computers.”