Children at Woodend Kindergarten will soon have a new outdoor learning space to enjoy.

Construction on the outdoor area started earlier this month and will include a nature-based play space and sensory garden.

The area can also be used by the community for family meeting spaces.

The kindergarten received $198,000 through the state government’s Pick My Project initiative and $152,000 from the Children’s Facilities Capital Program.

The kindergarten, in partnership with Macedon Ranges council and consultation with the community, first prepared a Landscape Masterplan for the outdoor learning area in 2 017. The plan identified projects to create more functional spaces while providing opportunities for inclusive nature play.

The kindergarten is also set to receive $6183 as part of the state government’s Inclusive Kindergarten Funding Program to purchase sensory equipment.

Macedon Ranges council will also provide funds to upgrade the kindergarten’s underground drainage to help prevent flooding.

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said: “This new outdoor space was a high priority for our community and that’s why I’m so delighted that it secured funding through Pick My Project.“Our kinder kids will now have a brilliant space to play and learn.