Sensational birthday celebrations

Rochelle Robins helps Shaun Leslie Hinga (left) and Kaydence Tonga-Awhikau explore the new space which is currently being used for dinosaur discovery.

Winton's Weka Preschool celebrated its 15th birthday with the opening of a new sensory lounge for the children last week.

The creation of the sensory Ruru Lounge has transformed a plain space into one of creative learning, where children can immerse themselves in all the sights, sounds and sensations of various materials to expand their learning.

Weka Winton owner and managing director Rochelle Robins said the sensory room had been around two years in the making.

"It was a vision… that side of the building was starting to deteriorate. I had to do something with the best plan of attack to benefit the children."

Caldwell Building and Electrical had helped with the extension, which is situated at the back of the Weka building, and the room would also act as a space of research into other areas the children showed interest in.

Mrs Robins said the space was currently in a dinosaur discovery mode that allowed small groups of children to explore and evolve with questions about dinosaur life through visionary and tactile experiences.

Because the room was filled with materials, lights, sounds and colour, it would encourage further earning, she said.

The other end of the lounge is connected to Weka's Tui Lounge and caters for the lunchtime dining and is a sensory space for under-three learners to experience.


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