50 YEARS: The children of Yeppoon and District Kindergarten with Mrs Ainley Neven celebrate 50 years of kindy.
50 YEARS: The children of Yeppoon and District Kindergarten with Mrs Ainley Neven celebrate 50 years of kindy. Contributed

50 years strong for kindy that started in Yeppoon RSL Hall

YEPPOON and District Kindergarten Association is set to celebrate a massive milestone of 50 years in the Yeppoon area.

The kindy was started by the grit and determination of volunteers, in particular the Burton family, in February 1965, and was originally run out of the Yeppoon RSL Hall.

The kindy continued to increase in numbers and popularity and was run from this location until it moved to the Yeppoon Masonic Hall, in Queen St, in 1969.

Just one year later, the Yeppoon State Infants School across the road was closed permanently and the Kindergarten was permitted to take over the premises, where it remains operational to this day.

During the first five years of operation, the kindy saw 384 children pass through the doors.

Today, 120 children pass through the doors of the now expanded kindy every year.

Currently, the kindy operates two campuses, the same site on Queen St and one room at Tucker St on the site of the old Yeppoon Pre-School.

As a not for profit organisation, the kindy still relies on volunteers to run the Committee, with a full complement of executive offices being filled at this year's annual general meeting.

Currently running at capacity, there are 14 staff employed across the two campuses as well as 120 families attending on a weekly basis.

This Sunday will see the grounds of the kindy opened to the public for a commemorative fete and Teddy Bear's Picnic. Featuring art and craft for the kids, games and jumping castles, market stalls presented by kindy families, lucky wheels, a sausage sizzle and displays from the past and present.

If you are a past student or have been affiliated with the kindy and have any memorabilia or photos from the past, please contact the kindy or drop into the Queen St campus in Yeppoon. Enrolments for 2016 are currently being accepted.



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