Patience is an essential disposition when developing projects for not-for-profit organisations. The Unit 2/3 playground re-development began its life a number of years ago, after extensive dreaming and consultation with children, families and staff members. Some dreams do eventuate.
After delays with construction due to challenges this year and ‘supervision’ from many children, the first section, including water pump, creek, digging patch, mud kitchen, rolling grass and rocks, has now been christened. What joy!
Smiles have been on so many faces: children, parents, teachers and the builders who continue to work hard to complete the second section. There have been some unexpected discoveries: “Look you can see the trains (from the top of the bridge)”, “It’s like being in a shower without shampoo!”
Some children have heard the pump working which has prompted discussions about how the fox demand driven wash down diversion pump works. Water conservation has been and will continue to be a hot topic! As a staff team we are over the moon as we have watched children’s engagement, exchange of ideas, discovery, courage, consideration of others, problem-solving and patience to have a turn to pump or climb the bridge or find bench space on the mud kitchen.
Excitement will continue as we watch and wait for the second section to be finalised. The children certainly have a greater understanding of time, effort, problem-solving and complexity involved in construction.
Paying forward is in action at MPC. We can only thank children and families from long ago who shared their ideas for children today to enjoy. You are welcome to visit at any time. Current children are brainstorming and sharing ideas for the area between Units 2 and 3, the results of which will be appreciated by future children. The playground is certainly providing rock-solid evidence that good things DO come to those who wait!