Kleenheat Kick-starts STEM in early childhood

Kleenheat has injected new life into the Rockingham and Districts Toy Library (RDTL) by providing a STEM toy collection.

Children can now choose from a range of STEM-related toys to enjoy such as “Cubetto” – a friendly wooden robot that teaches a child the basics of computer programming. 

The funding is part of the WesCEF Community Grants program, where we provide $2000 towards various not-for-profit organisations to help the local communities in which we operate.
Karen East, RDTL President , said the grant allows RDTL to upgrade and replace old toys, to enable young children to indulge in active play that supports STEM practices, such as exploring location, patterns and problem solving.

“We will use the extra funding to source and supply quality STEM orientated toys to our members, in keeping with current educational trends. As a not-for-profit, RDTL appreciates Kleenheat’s investment, helping us to provide accessible early learning opportunities in the community,” she said.

The toy library services Rockingham, Kwinana and surrounding suburbs and provides affordable access to appropriate toys and equipment to assist in the educational development of children aged between 0-6.  It is run by members of the community who volunteer their time to enable parents, carers and foster parents to borrow a selection of toys for fun learning through play. 
Along with the educational benefits for young children, the RDTL provides parents with an opportunity to be part of a community group and has recently announced it’s partnership with the Act Belong Commit program.

If you would like information on how to join the Rockingham and Districts Toy Library take a look at their website.

Video: Children at the RDTL try out their new Balancing Scales. The scales are designed to teach children the principals of balance, which helps to cultivate hand, eye and brain coordination.