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Kleenheat kick-starts STEM in early childhood

Kleenheat recently brought new ways of learning to local children thanks to funds made available through WesCEF’s Community Grants program.

WesCEF Community Grants provide funding for not-for-profit organisations running programs, activities and events benefiting the communities closets to our operations in Kwinana and Rockingham.

Our latest grant provides the opportunity for Rockingham & Districts Toy Library (RDTL) to purchase learning toys aimed at improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for children.

STEM provides an interdisciplinary approach allowing children to develop critical and creative thinking skills, promoting a cohesive understanding of the four disciplines.

Children visiting RDTL can now enjoy a range of STEM-related such as “Cubetto” – a friendly wooden robot that teaches the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands-on play. 

RDTL President Karen East said the Kleenheat grant provided an opportunity for the library to upgrade its toy collection to better enable young children to participate in active play that supports STEM practices, including pattern discovery and problem solving.

“Using this funding to source and supply quality STEM orientated toys to our members keeps our library in line with current educational trends,” Karen said.

“As a not-for-profit, RDTL appreciates Kleenheat’s support in helping us provide accessible early learning opportunities in the community,”

The toy library services Rockingham, Kwinana and surrounding suburbs , providing affordable access to appropriate learning aides and equipment to assist in the educational development of children under six.  It’s run by members of the community who volunteer their time to enable parents, carers and foster parents to borrow a selection of toys for fun learning through play.

Along with providing educational benefits for young children, RDTL gives parents an opportunity to be part of a community group which has recently announced a new partnership with the Act Belong Commit program.

If you’d like information on how to join the Rockingham and Districts Toy Library, check out their website.

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