New shelves for Highfields Kindergarten

18 August 2014

Tidying up is now a breeze for the children and staff at Highfields Kindergarten after new shelves were installed with support from the New Hope Group.

The shelves, located in the kindergarten’s storage shed, are used to store outdoor play equipment and boxes of toys.

Highfields Kindergarten Management Committee member Molly Carrigan said the new shelving provided a safe storage area which can be used by both the staff and the children.

“The safe storage of all the equipment protects our staff from injury, while allowing the children to access it by way of a special traffic light system,” she said.

“The shelves have photo labels so everyone knows where everything goes as well as big green, orange and red spots on the shelf.

“Green means the children can get the toys/equipment themselves, orange means they need to ask an adult first and red means that it’s for adults only.

“Safely managing the access to the shed and play equipment helps to promote independence and allows the children to extend themselves by planning their own outside play.

“The children have already made great use of the system and have enjoyed finding some new favourites amongst the equipment.

“Thank you to the New Hope Group for supporting this project and thanks to those community members who bought tickets in our recent State of Origin raffle.

“Proceeds from the raffle also assisted with the installation of the new shelves.”

New Acland General Manager Andrew McDonald said the company was proud to support community organisations like Highfields Kindergarten.

“Safety is paramount at the New Acland Coal Mine, and it is pleasing to see the installation of these shelves is contributing to a safe and healthy environment for the staff and children at Highfields Kindergarten,” he said.