Nundle CWA Preschool celebrates 50th anniversary with bush dance

The Nundle CWA Preschool celebrated its 50th anniversary with a bush dance at the Nundle Memorial Hall on Saturday.

The Nundle CWA Preschool has played a huge role in the growth, development and education of its very young community members for the past five decades.

Back in 1967 at a CWA meeting, a suggestion was made that a pre-school kindergarten operate for two mornings a week to assist rural parents to return to work, with the security of leaving their children in a local, nurturing learning space.

Originally, the CWA gave permission for the use of the CWA rooms on a trial basis.

The Nundle Preschool still to this day, is running two days a week at maximum capacity with 17 children, with the possibility of it opening a third day in order to meet the high demand.

Local parent Raegan Sutherland sends her three-year-old daughter to the pre-school, with her second daughter due to start next year.

“The CWA runs the pre-school here, it’s only one of two in the state,” Mrs Sutherland said.

“The demand is rising for a third day.

“It’s a really valuable community asset because it allows mothers the chance to return to work locally and contribute to the local community.

“It also gives local people employment.”

The preschool offers early intervention, preschool and school readiness programs within a small caring group structure for children from two-and-a-half to five years of age.

The Nundle CWA branch has always been actively involved within the community and are thrilled that they have contributed to the development of this local establishment.

About 80 members of the community rolled out to the Nundle Memorial Hall on Saturday night to celebrate the 50th birthday, with some toe-tapping, knee-slapping fun at the bush dance. 

Band The Principles performed, with lucky door prizes, raffles and auctions raising a swag of money for the preschool.

“They represented a broad cross-section of the community,” Mrs Sutherland said.

“There were family members, mums and dads, siblings, right through to older residents who don’t have a connection to the preschool anymore with their kids all grown up.

“We’re looking to make this an annual event, and are looking forward to doing something next year.”

It’s not yet known how much the bush dance raised for the preschool.