Kangaroo Island Children's Service-Kingscote Preschool children participate in Bush Kindy program

This year the Kangaroo Island Children's Service-Kingscote Preschool children have participated in an interactive Bush Kindy program.

Initiated by parent Deb Laver, with the support of Kangaroo Island Children Services Educators, the project was well received by the KICS community.

Educators, children and parents each week embraced the opportunity to explore the outdoor environment and link the early childhood curriculum to the natural environment.

According to preschool director Hayley Perry, children were able to enjoy free play in an outdoor environment while also learning about native plants and animals.

Karleah Berris from Landscapes SA Kangaroo Island visited the children to speak about the endemic Glossy Black Cockatoo and the importance of the sheoak for food for the glossy.

She also donated 50 sheoak trees for the preschool to plant around Reeves Point and the Kingscote boat ramp.

Along with the support of the Kangaroo Island Council - who helped prepare the site and the enthusiastic Advanced Kingscote volunteers who helped dig holes - the children planted the trees in record time.

"This allowed time on such a beautiful day for bird watching, with many of the children showing a real interest in spotting and identifying birds," Ms Perry explained.

The children then explored Reeves Point challenging their tree climbing skills.

"The tree planting exercise was a great experience for the children to connect with the community, continue to learn about nature and support the Glossy Black Cockatoo program which they have been learning about while at preschool," she added.

Thank you was extended to Beth Davis from Advanced Kingscote, Brian Paget from KI Council, Karleah Berris from Landscapes SA and parents Deb Laver and Alexandra James who helped make this day possible.