Special kind of centre

October 09, 2017

Addisyn Makar, Jack Tracey, Ziggy Dezwart, Aiden Kilgour, Eddy Freeman, Harrison Bazter and Ivy Wilkinson get ready to bury their time capsule.

Centre director Erin Tracey, owner Cheryl Tracey and educational leader and 2IC Alicia McLean.

A Shepparton educational facility celebrated its 20th birthday this week with a time capsule being buried to mark the occasion.

Knight Street Multi-Age Learning opened on October 1, 1997, and centre owner Cheryl Tracey said they had around four enrolled children.

‘‘We currently have up to 60 kids here each day,’’ she said.

Ms Tracey said at the time there was a need for the centre, which initially operated its rooms in age levels, before transitioning into a multi-aged learning centre, unique to Shepparton.

Educational leader Alicia McLean said most facilities operated rooms in age groups, but each room at KSMAL had a varied age range of children.

‘‘It allows siblings to be in together,’’ Ms Tracey said.

‘‘We’re a family-orientated service.’’

Centre director Erin Tracey started working at KSMAL 17 years ago and the highlight was often running into children after they had left.

‘‘You go down the street and they’re already in university or high school,’’ she said.

Ms McLean said the children were also connected to Shepparton’s elderly, visiting aged-care service Ave Maria each week.

‘‘We go on visits to them and they come to us,’’ she said.

The centre also puts a large focus on outdoor learning and has the children take part in Bush Kinda each week.

The children have spent the week taking photos and making handprints to put inside the time capsule, which was buried in the front of the centre.

A jam-packed week full of activities saw the children take part in face painting, pass the parcel, a movie and popcorn day, cooking cakes and much more.

Ms McLean said everyone was welcome to call into the facility during its open week, starting October 16.

People can call into the centre at any time from 6.30am to 6pm or contact Ms Tracey or Ms McLean at the centre on 5831 8911 to book a time.

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