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A group of Windale youngsters have helped its brand celebrate its 125th birthday.

KU Windale Preschool marked the milestone this week with a series of gardening, baking and charitable deeds.

The preschool is run by KU which was founded 125 years ago in 1895, making it the first provider of early childhood education and care in Australia.

The three-to-five-year-olds recognised the anniversary by making baked goods using produce from their garden and selling them to raise funds for a local charity.

“During the mid-year closedown, our local Bunnings visited our preschool and donated lots of different herb and vegetable plants which we planted in our garden,” said KU Windale director Nicole Dean.

“When the children came back from lockdown, we had some discussions about how to use the produce we had grown and how we could make a donation to a local charity in celebration of KU’s 125th year.

“We decided to make different baked goods each day for two weeks and we had them for sale each afternoon for parents when they arrived for pick up.”

The theme of the anniversary was ‘making a difference through 125 years of social impact and early education”.

“Our goal was to raise $125 to donate to Centre for Hope, a local charity who supports children and families in the local community. 

“We ended up raising the full amount and we were very grateful that the Centre for Hope accepted our donation,” said Nicole.

“We chose this activity as we wanted to ensure that the community was involved in this learning opportunity at preschool and because Centre for Hope provides a valuable service that several of our families have been involved with in the past.

“Celebrating 125 years meant that we could continue the social justice work that KU values.

“KU Windale is a social justice service within KU and it felt great to be able to give back to our local community and make connections in the process.”

KU (originally known as the Kindergarten Union of NSW) opened Australia’s first preschool aimed at providing education to the community’s most disadvantaged children.

Today KU Children’s Services provides early childhood education to more than 10,000 children and families each year through its 130 services and programs.

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