The young ‘uns at Neepawa’s Budz’n Bloom Daycare will soon have a much different outdoor area to play on.
The daycare is in the process of transforming its outdoor play area from a largely dirt and muddied area to a “natural play space” - the grounds will feature trees, brush, sand play areas, a walkway path, gardening, a wooden deck and performance stage, open space for play and group activities, as well as a dry stream.
The complete transformation is expected to be completed within three weeks.
“This is something we’re very excited about. We’ve been saving for years for it,” daycare director Donna Gork-Todoruk explained. “It used to just be weeds and dirt out there. Now we’ll be incorporating grass, a path that can be used for biking, more trees for shade, and things like the garden for outdoor learning.
“It will be more natural and give kids that sense of nature. It’s also designed to teach kids how to ‘take a risk’ safely; to teach them at a young age, in a controlled environment, what is safe to do in a natural environment.”
The new outdoor area is expected to allow leaders to take the children outdoors more. Adding grass instead of dirt will lessen the muddiness on wet days, while the added trees and shrub will help prevent more wind from hitting the play grounds.
“The wind really affects us in the winter,” Gork-Todoruk noted.
The daycare is also hoping to add other learning tools to the yard in the coming years like outdoor musical instruments. Any donations from the community are welcome to help continue improvements and learning opportunities for youth.
“There are some things I’d love to see added later on,” Gork-Todoruk noted. “Like an outdoor xylophone or a drum that’s built into the ground. Those instruments are especially great for our special needs children.”
The daycare currently serves about 65 families and over 100 children. It can take care of up to 52 children at one time.
Budz’n Bloom still has several spots available this year for children under the age of two as well as preschoolers.