cloncurry kindergarten cops upgrade!

Cloncurry Kindergarten and Glencore have partnered together to improve bathroom facilities for the growing number of children attending the early childhood learning service.

Glencore recently provided $35,000 for the upgrade of toilets and hand washing facilities at the Cloncurry Kindergarten to boost hygiene and accommodate future demand on the kindergarten from local families.

Works to provide greater access to toilets, hand washing facilities and storage, began in mid-December and are due for completion at the end of January.

Cloncurry Kindergarten is an inclusive learning centre that supports children to be curious, capable and collaborative learners. It offers a range of learning experiences and activities that help local children make a smooth transition to primary school.

Cloncurry Kindergarten Association Director Amanda Condren says the number of children attending the kindergarten each day has increased remarkably over the last few years.

"Cloncurry Kindergarten is currently exceeding the service requirements as outlined in the national quality framework and this project will ensure that we not only continue to meet all of the children's needs but that we still go above and beyond, surpassing expectations on a daily basis."

"These additional facilities will give the children more space to gain independence in personal hygiene and develop essential skills around hygiene prior to their commencement of school."

"This project will benefit the Cloncurry community for many years to come," says Amanda.

The funding was granted through Glencore's Future Fund which supports large infrastructure projects in our communities across our North Queensland operations.

Matt O'Neill, Chief Operating Officer – Copper Assets Australia says Glencore believes regional communities should benefit from its operations and makes an effort to tailor its support to initiatives with broad-reaching and long-lasting benefits such as this one.

"We conduct a community survey every three years and local residents told us in our 2019 survey that improved education services and facilities was in their top five infrastructure priorities for Cloncurry," says Matt.

"We're proud to be able to support the kindergarten which plays a key role in the town's well-being by encouraging a love of learning among children in the local area."