On a mission to pave a brighter, more sustainable future for their students, Edge Early Learning (EEL) in Kelvin Grove has partnered with Mathiou Services to build custom free-standing garden beds for their children to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs.
The forward-thinking childcare centre encourages their children to bloom in every aspect of learning, and by giving them something to personally care for, the team at EEL Kelvin Grove believes this initiative will help develop essential skills for the years to come.
“The children at Kelvin Grove have shown an interest lately in where their food comes from, sparking the idea to install 2 metre-long, freestanding gardening beds that the children can monitor each day and grow their own fruit, veggies and herbs!” said Paige Fien EEL Kelvin Grove Centre Director.
Not only is gardening fun and fulfilling, but it also helps little ones develop new skills, such as patience, commitment, responsibility, creativity and nutrition, to name a few, as well as expanding their knowledge about the science of growth.
“This initiative, in partnership with Mathiou Services, ties in with our educational philosophy at Edge Early Learning, led by an inquiry-based approach. It celebrates the interests of each child leading to more engaged learning in their early years, building and instilling a love of learning for many years after,” added Paige.
Mathiou Services is a Queensland-based company and a one-stop shop for all building, repair, and maintenance needs, including professional gardening and landscaping services, from commercial gardening maintenance to an elaborate landscaping renovation, or in this case, custom garden beds.
But EEL’s partnership with Mathiou Services goes beyond just that, who will also be donating a range of seeds, from cherry tomatoes and strawberries to greens, like lettuce and beans, for the students to grow.
“We are really excited about our partnership with Edge Early Learning Kelvin Grove, as we feel it’s so important for children to learn to care for themselves and others from a young age. By having a project like this, it teaches them vital skills to do so, “ said Mathiou Services’ Melanie Maunde, People, planning, and performance.
“In addition to the garden beds and seeds, we will also be conducting a gardening session for the children to teach them how to care for their seedlings and watch them grow each day.”
And that’s not all! Once the seedlings have matured, the children at EEL Kelvin Grove will have the opportunity to take their own-grown fruit and vegetables into their industrial kitchen at the centre and extend their learning from the Edge garden to the table.
“The children enjoy cooking experiences so this will be an excellent way to teach them first-hand about healthy food choices in an interactive environment,” said Paige.
“And who knows, we might be inspiring the next Curtis Stone or Matt Moran, but more importantly, simply sowing the seeds for a healthy life for years to come.”
Edge Early Learning Cannon Hill is located on 2 L’Estrange Terrace, Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059.
For more information or to book a tour, visit their website www.edgeearlylearning.com.au.
ABOUT Edge Early Learning Kelvin Grove:
Edge Kelvin Grove provides quality childcare and kindergarten programs tailored to children from 6 weeks to school age. The new custom designed centre, also a heritage listed site, has been completely restored and renovated to create two levels of state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor learning spaces, with some of the best views of Brisbane!
Designed to suit the suburb and surrounds, we collaborated with local Brisbane artist Carley Cornelissen to create 3 bespoke animal themed murals that encourage children to explore and investigate their surroundings, which is the basis of our inquiry-based learning philosophy.
Conveniently located on L’Estrange Terrace in Brisbane, the centre caters to working parents and families within the local community offering weekday hours of care from 6.00am to 6.00pm.
ABOUT Mathiou Services: https://www.mathiouservices.com.au
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