Through ClubGRANTS, the Ingleburn RSL Club has supported Mater Dei School, and its students and community for many years. That relationship continues in 2023 with a ClubGRANT to help with the upgrade of the preschool outdoor learning equipment. This is an exciting project that will ensure the preschool children can learn and play in a safe, accessible and inclusive outdoor environment.
Learning through play
The preschool at Mater Dei School Camden is located in an older part of the building. Over time, products for children’s play areas have improved significantly.
“The preschool outdoor learning environment functioned well, but we saw an opportunity to enhance the safety and accessibility for the children,” explains Sarah Ryan, Mater Dei Director of Development.
As a preschool for children with a diagnosed disability and/or developmental delay, Sarah says that there are different considerations than for a typical playground. And for the preschool age group, learning through play is especially important.
“For children who have sensory issues, you need to consider different aspects for them to feel comfortable and willing to engage in the space,” she adds. “It’s not just a playground. We’re creating a space that allows them to explore, feel comfortable and also engages their curiosity to learn.”
In the upgrade, the school is also focusing on recognising the traditional owners of the land, including elements such as a yarning circle.
A proud partnership
The relationship between Mater Dei School and Ingleburn RSL Club is one that we’re very proud of.
“Many people know Mater Dei School as a K-12 school,” says Glenn Cushion, Ingleburn RSL Club CEO. “But they also have a preschool and programs that they offer to young adults after finishing formal schooling beyond Year 12. We’re delighted to support our community with the upgrade of the outdoor learning environment, knowing that this will provide the preschool children with learning opportunities for many years to come.”
Sarah echoes the statement, saying that early intervention makes such a difference in children’s growth, allowing them to realise their potential.
“We truly believe that it takes a village,” she adds. “It takes many people in our community to rally and support us so we can support the many families we work with every day. We couldn’t do what we do without community support from organisations like Ingleburn RSL Club.”