CHILDREN at Scone and District Pre-School are all smiles this week with the first stage of a major upgrade to their outdoor play space complete.
Hunter Fencing and Landscaping handed over the completion of Stage 1 of the project on Friday which included a decking and garden area, sandpit, wet and dry creek bed, swing area and new soft flooring.
"Major works of this nature require significant investment," Scone and District Pre-School committee president Kylie Eather said.
"We recognise that we are a community based pre-school where funding is limited.
"To see these amazing projects come to fruition, we heavily rely on fundraising initiatives as well as being proactive in applying for funding grants."
Money for the project has been raised through a variety of fundraising initiatives last year including a Seaworld holiday raffle and their very successful bi-annual Art Show and Auction Night.
Funding was also received through successful grant applications through BHP's Benefiting My Community Program and the Early Childhood education department 2018 Quality Learning Environments program.
The project will have four stages, with further work to install soft fall flooring underneath their play equipment, a new bike track and camping area.
"This is an exciting time for the pre-school," Mrs Eather said.
"The huge outdoor playground is an amazing asset, one that the children absolutely love.
"We would like to thank everyone that assisted in one way or another and give special mention to our major sponsors or the Art Show: Sawyers Air-conditioning, Morgans Financial, David Paradice and Family, Warburton Estate Agents, Ausure Scone, Murrualla Stud and of course Nigel and Kath from Hunter Fencing and Landscaping along with many other local businesses who contributed - we are so grateful.
"There are various stages with exciting features still to be completed and we are really looking forward to working together to see these dreams of creating a magical outdoor play area come to fruition."