Pemberton toddlers will soon have a place to let their imaginations run wild thanks to a $56,000 Lotterywest grant to upgrade the facilities at Little Taddies Childcare Centre in Pemberton.
The majority of the money will pay for improvements to the outdoor area, including the construction of a jungle area, an alien room, a fairy island, a pirate cove and thatched gazebos for picnics.
Taddies director Maria Mighall said the new additions would create a place for children to have fun while getting lots of gross motor development like learning to climb and balance.
‘‘We were elated when we found out about the grant as quite a while had gone by since we applied for it and we thought we hadn’t been successful,’’ Ms Mighall said.
‘‘At the moment the outdoor area is big but not very useable, so the money will make it a lot more user-friendly for the children and staff.’’
Little Taddies Childcare Centre has been going since 1999 and is licensed to teach children up to the age of five.
It is a not-for-profit enterprise and is owned by the Pemberton community.
The rest of the grant money will go towards extra lighting, outdoor heating so children can use the sandpit all year round and various other minor improvements and repairs.
Ms Mighall said because the centre was small there was no way they could have raised the necessary funds to make the improvements themselves.
‘‘This is good news for the Pemberton community as we are the only childcare facility in the area, so the better it gets then the better for everyone.’’