Building for children

Lucy, Ben and Luke.

Lucy, Ben and Luke.

Kids at Wauchope Preschool Kindergarten are thrilled to have a brand-new fort, thanks to the Port Macquarie training organisation, Novaskill.    

The partnership came about when a parent from the preschool recommended Novaskill’s program, knowing that they were looking for construction projects so they could run their next building course.

Novaskill offers people of all ages the opportunity to make better, informed choices before they commit to apprenticeships or traineeships programs in a range of different industries and occupations.

By offering short training programs which contain a sample of theory and practical components, students can see whether they are suited to their particular career choice, with the overall aim of increasing completion rates for apprenticeships.

They are then able to give back to the community through increased skill sets, and in the case of the preschool by the donation of labour for the entire project.

Over two weeks and under the supervision of a licensed builder, Novaskill students dismantled the old structure and then completed the process of building the new fort, adding new features such as a slide and climbing wall.

It was a win-win situation for both parties as the preschool had been looking to upgrade their old climbing fort, showing signs of deterioration through many years of use.

Being a community-based, not-for-profit preschool they were extremely excited to be included in this project, and would like to take the opportunity to thank Therese Kelly from Novaskill who helped co-ordinated the works.

Director Sonia Muras said that it was fantastic to see how the two businesses had been able to benefit from the joint project.

“It gave the students a chance to gain valuable experience and the children a safe and challenging new piece of equipment,” she said.

“The children’s response has been overwhelmingly positive and it will, no doubt, be a favourite space for children to enjoy for many years to come.”

For information about Novaskill, ring 6500 1100.

For details on Wauchope Preschool Kindergarten, ring 6585 3140.