Squeals of delight filled the air at Robertson Street Kindy in Helensburgh yesterday as the children had their first opportunity to try out the new state-of-the-art playground.
The preschoolers spent the morning scaling the mini climbing wall, hiding in the tunnels, contorting themselves on the Twister board and watering the plants in their new vegie garden.
Preschool owner Robyn Cooper said while the playground was a big expense at about $75,000, the preschool's backyard was due for an upgrade and, most importantly, the kids were loving the new space.
"They are just beside themselves," she said.
As well as giving the children an incentive to get outside and develop their gross motor skills, the playground also provides them with mental learning opportunities, such as using their reasoning to figure out how to work the water feature.
"They can have a useful education program happening outdoors, so outdoors can be associated with learning just as much as indoors, and they can get their physical skills happening too," Ms Cooper said.
The playground also features a wet and dry sandpit, a mini-bike racing track and space for the children to play games.
Ms Cooper said there was a big emphasis on sustainability and caring for the environment at the preschool and this had been incorporated into the playground by using natural materials such as timber, stones and mulch.
The preschoolers are also responsible for looking after the plants in the vegetable and herb gardens.
"As things are ready to pick, like cherry tomatoes, they can eat them," Ms Cooper said.
"It's to get the children educated about sustainability and make them feel part of the world at large."
Four-year-old Cormac Waters stayed true to his surname and claimed the water feature was his favourite thing in the new playground, while Kasey McGongile, 4, said the bright colours and getting to water the plants were the best parts.