School District 79 and Community Partners are working together to create a new fun filled place for early learning. Itâ€™s a place where everyone is welcome and everything is free. â€œChildrenâ€™s play is critical to their learning and we are grateful for the partnerships we have developed in support of the Childrenâ€™s Play and Discovery Centreâ€, said Sheryl Koers, Assistant Superintendent, â€œOnce completed, this centre will be a stimulating environment that will engage many families and children in the Cowichan Valley.â€
The early learning centre will be housed in the portables that are located on the old ball fields along side the Trans Canada Highway and next to Vancouver Island University (VIU). The Hairdressing and Carpentry programs that previously occupied the portables have moved to the new Trades School on the old Koksilah Elementary school site. Soon, community business/organization sponsors will start to build the magical town with miniaturized buildings for children to play & learn in.Â There will be: a Restaurant, a Fire Station, a Boat & Dock, a Coast Salish Storytelling Village, a Tree house & Cave, a Fitness Centre, a Health Centre, a Pet/Vet Centre, a Construction Centre and more!
â€œI am very excited to be involved in this projectâ€, said Candace Spilsbury, Community Liaison, â€œWe all know how important early learning is to a childâ€™s success in life and this Centre will provide that opportunity for children in the Cowichan Valley. â€
The Centre will be open in the mornings, 5 days a week with an early childhood educator to facilitate learning. Community groups may use the Centre at other times to provide additional learning opportunities. The Centre opening is planned for April 2014.
Many organizations and volunteers are working to make this Childrenâ€™s Play & Discovery Centre happen for children and families in our community. Additional volunteers are welcome to join, (individuals, organizations, agencies &/or clubs), to help us create this special centre for children and families. If you can help, or want more information, please contact Sheryl Koers at 250-748-0321.
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