Steph Cooke and Elizabeth Robbie hold a large cheque between them and stand surrounded by staff and students at the early learning centre outdoor area. They are surrounded by play equipment.

Students at Junee’s Goodstart Early Learning will be able to enjoy the outdoors even more this year thanks to a grant from the NSW Government.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced $13,482.62 for a large outdoor climbing frame and vegetable garden from the Quality Learning Environments program.

In the previous round of the QLE program Goodstart Junee were awarded $8,954.75 for outdoor blinds.

Ms Cooke today visited the centre and said she was delighted they had received the grant.

“It’s so clear how dedicated the staff are for their work and how much the children love this centre, this new outdoor equipment will be a huge asset for the Goodstart community,” Ms Cooke said.

“I am incredibly passionate about making sure children get the best start in life, and with this new play equipment and vegetable garden they will get a real boost in growing up healthy and happy.”

“I got to meet with 42 children at the centre today who are being cared for by the expert team led by Elizabeth Robbie. This place is a hive of activity and testament to both the devotion of the staff and how fantastic Junee is as a place to raise a family.” 

Director of the Junee Goodstart Early Learning Elizabeth Robbie said the new funding will help enrich the learning experience of all her children each day.

“This funding means we will be able to significantly invest in improving our outdoor resources and spaces, and provide so many new experiences for children to explore and learn from,” Ms Robbie said.

“The vegetable patch will allow us to teach the children about where food comes from, enable them to try new foods and we can use it as a resource for afternoon tea.”

“This wouldn’t have been possible without funds from the grant program.”