By Mick Jensen
Plans are afoot to discuss the possible establishment of a kindergarten in the Mt Somers township.
A community meeting is being called for November 14 and the wider foothills community is invited to discuss the idea and to provide feedback on it.
The meeting has been called by Ashburton Kindergarten Association president Nadia McClelland, who now lives in the area.
The purpose of the meeting was to get feedback from parents and to get an idea of child numbers, Mrs McClelland said.
“I have had three of my children go through the kindergarten system and my youngest is still there. I now live at Mt Somers and have to travel into Ashburton every day.”
Mrs McClelland said she believed there was demand from other parents living in the foothills area for a kindergarten closer to home.
“The community meeting will help us get a feel for numbers and we will follow it up with letters back to the community to form a feasibility study.
“The Ministry of Education knows about the process we are going through and we will get back to them at a later date.”
Mrs McClelland said there were two preschools in Methven and playcentres in Mayfield and Mt Somers.
Limited hours and options were offered at them.
The nearest kidnergartens were in Ashburton or Geraldine, she said.
There are five kindergartens in Ashburton, all offering 30 hours free education to around 200 children aged between two and six years.
The public meeting to discuss a possible Mt Somers kindergarten will be held at 7pm in the multi purpose room at Mt Somers Springburn School.