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Trikki Kidz Co­bram is now tak­ing kinder­garten en­rol­ments for 2019.

The cen­tre will of­fer ses­sional kinder on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days from 9 am to 2 pm dur­ing the school term.

It will also have a be­fore and af­ter kinder pro­gram if fam­i­lies need care out­side of the ses­sional hours.

The cen­tre will still have its nor­mal long day care pro­gram, which runs from 7am­to6pm.

All pro­grams are com­pletely the same pro­gram, the only dif­fer­ence be­ing the fees.

The pro­gram is play­based, which en­cour­ages the chil­dren to use their imag­i­na­tions.

‘‘The type of of learn­ing process we de­velop at Trikki Kidz can not be repli­cated through rote learn­ing. It is on a deeper level and more en­gag­ing for the chil­dren,’’ Trikki Kidz cen­tre man­ager Jayne Alle­mand said.

‘‘We also use the chil­dren’s mo­ti­va­tion and in­ter­ests to ex­plore con­cepts and learn­ing within play ex­pe­ri­ences that chil­dren are nat­u­rally drawn to.

‘‘We en­cour­age fam­i­lies to call and book a tour of our ser­vice to see it in ac­tion and meet our nur­tur­ing, skilled ed­u­ca­tors.’’

Af­ter open­ing in April, the Co­bram cen­tre is al­ready func­tion­ing about 50 per cent ca­pac­ity and looks af­ter about 55 chil­dren each day.

‘‘We’ve re­ally grown quite quickly. A few fam­i­lies have come across from Ba­rooga but there’s still a lot that have stayed over there,’’ Ms Alle­mand said.

The early ed­u­ca­tor rated Trikki Kidz’ early months as a ‘‘mas­sive suc­cess so far’’ and said the chil­dren were now start­ing to en­gage with the com­mu­nity by vis­it­ing places like Irvin House.

She said the fact the Co­bram cen­tre was lo­cated in town had been fan­tas­tic for the chil­dren as it had al­lowed the ed­u­ca­tors to take them walk­ing down the street and do other ac­tiv­i­ties.

Rid­ing along: Zavier Kennedy ex­plores the out­side play area at Trikki Kidz on a bike.

Joy ride: Hemi drives his toy car. McIl­roy

Play­time: Levi Dop­per, Ella Or­sida, Tyler Quinane and Hunter Elderidge en­joy the games on of­fer at Trikki Kidz.

Sun­smart: Daisy As­ton, Mi­lana Vour­gaslis and Isaac Dop­per play un­der the shel­ter.

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