Creche de­fies van­dal­ism

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

The staff and par­ents at Pare­mata Plun­ket Creche have turned a neg­a­tive into a pos­i­tive with the re­cent spruce-up of the day­care cen­tre’s ex­te­rior.

All of the creche’s per­spex win­dows, which were in­stalled in the fence at kids’ height, were smashed in the first week of term. Su­per­vi­sor Tammy Harper said it was the worst van­dal­ism she she had ex­pe­ri­enced in her five years at the creche, which, de­spite the name, is in Whitby vil­lage, next to the li­brary.

Tammy said the staff and com­mit­tee had al­ready been think­ing of ways to im­prove its out­door en­vi­ron­ment, so the bro­ken glass proved to be the im­pe­tus for ac­tion.

‘‘We’ve tied it in to our self-re­view. Pro­vid­ing an aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing en­vi­ron­ment is part of the creche’s phi­los­o­phy, and we felt we weren’t step­ping up to the mark.’’

A work­ing bee was held on May 21, with par­ents chip­ping in with Tammy and teacher Aimee Len­nan to clean, paint fences, re­fill the sand­pit and pro­vide an all-round spruce up.

Do­na­tions helped pay the $1100 to re­place the win­dows, and plants were also gifted.

‘‘ We’re lucky for the do­na­tions of money and plants and pots, and very lucky to­day, to have got par­ents’ time,’’ said Tammy.

A fresh coat of paint to the in­te­rior is still to come and a par­ent has of­fered to sew up some new cush­ion cov­ers.

The creche takes 11 chil­dren each morn­ing ses­sion, cater­ing to about 50 fam­i­lies. Its ses­sions are full, but they are keen to build the wait­ing list. Email: pare­mat­a­plun­

In­spec­tors: Cu­ri­ous two-year-olds Char­lotte Har­ri­son, Leo von Dadel­szen and Ai­dan Gra­cie check out the big peo­ple’s handy work.

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