Yeronga Hyde Road Kindergarten

Winners of a Yates & Junior Landcare Creative Garden Grant in 2014 – They share their story!

Project Detail

Case study spotlight: The indigenous waterscape garden project features a manually operated water pump, supplied by a small in-ground tank (using an up-cycled olive drum)

Project summary

The indigenous waterscape garden project features a manually operated water pump, supplied by a small in-ground tank (using an up-cycled olive drum) which is connected to an existing rainwater tank, but not automatically filled. The concept of the project is that the children will have to work the pump to release water into an existing watercourse for water play.
The hand water pump has been in constant use since it was installed. The children at Yeronga Hyde Road Kindergarten love working the pump to measure out the water, carrying it to plants and elsewhere, and following the water flow as it makes its way down the watercourse.

The children have developed new skills to ensure they get a good flow of water. The pump is excellent for gross motor arm and shoulder strength development. The pumping and filling process is also gradual requiring persistence and patience, thus helping build character.
The kindergarten decided to use a 70 litre upcycled olive drum water reservoir rather than 200 litre so that the supply of water is not endless. This way, hand pumping from the storage does come to an end, enlightening children to ideas of water conservation and the value of the resource.

At first the children were quite bewildered when the water stopped, with comments like “it’s broken” and “they took all the water”. The comments have prompted excellent conversations about water sources, water conservation, and the consequences of water waste. The children came up with the idea of using the water wisely, and this has continued on.

The kindergarten also hosted several working bees and a community planting day where each child planted a plant creating gardens where the waters flow through. The water flows through a series of 4 ponds, one draining into the next and to finally arrive at a “rocky boggy frog garden”, which is essentially a mud patch. The creation of garden beds around the watercourse has made the grounds more healthy and sustainable, and will assist in water absorption and erosion prevention.

The play amongst nature that the pump, watercourse, gardens, and mud patch as a whole creates is invaluable for children’s learning about their natural environment.

“The Yeronga Hyde Road Kindergarten community would like to thank Yates for enabling our Kindy kids the opportunity for creative play, with the Yates Creative Gardening Grant for our indigenous waterscape garden. Thank you!” – Yeronga Hyde Road Kindergarten

Yates and Junior Landcare

The inaugural Yates Junior Landcare Creative Gardening Grants see’s 25 wonderful schools and daycare creating garden masterpieces. We are pleased to share that Yates will be creating a new Garden Grants program for 2016 for schools and youth groups to enter. We will be looking for groups who can show innovative ways of creating a garden within their school or community. Grants will be awarded to the most innovative, sustainable and environmentally conscious entries.

Our focus through this program is to encourage schools to get creative in the garden and learn the basics of growing your own.

So we invite you to get out of the garden bed, be inventive, imaginative, create and educate! For more information about entering this year will be available on the Junior Landcare website