Crystal Brook Kindy kids are working with the Port Pirie Regional Council for a new footpath

It's not every day that your kindy day starts with a 'business meeting' with an engineer from the Port Pirie Regional Council.

But that is exactly what happened for eight Crystal Brook Kindy children recently with Peter Lock from the council organising a visit.

This special meeting took place following up on a letter that Emily Noonan wrote to the council in March.

Emily who turns five this week received a letter in July from the council acknowledging her request to have a 'footpath to the school to the hospital, so then the hospital people can come and visit the kindy kids'.

Visits between the kindy and the residents who live at the hospital have taken place since 2016.

The residents have expressed their desire to visit their kindy friends so they can read stories, make wooden models and play games with the kindy children.

Some of the residents were watching out the window and saw the children and Peter having a discussion near the rear entrance to the hospital.

After the meeting, the children called into Roseview to see their friends and Judith was so excited to hear the progress of Emily's letter.

"Oh that's fantastic news. It would let me out of here for a while to see all my kindy kids. I can come in a wheelchair. Thanks for the good news!," Judith said

Ryan Fogarty, who has recently turned five knows this project will create feelings of happiness for the residents at the hospital because he will able able to play with them in the kindy.

"The footpath will be amazing. And it's going to be even more amazing when it's done!," he said.

The children showed Peter the road, and the area where they would like a footpath installed and kerb access to make it wheelchair and walker friendly.

Part of the discussion involved showing Peter the usual track taken, and how a solid path would make it so much safer for our friends at the hospital to access.

Peter was able to show some examples outside the Crystal Brook Medical Practice of how the footpath and kerb could possibly look like.

Peter spent time showing the children a google map of the area and what the Council was responsible for improving and maintaining.

Emily's request is now being taken to the Asset Management Committee for further consideration. Emily is looking forward to hearing how her request progresses.

After their meeting, the children updated the Nurse Unit Manager at Southern Flinders Health, Crystal Brook Campus on the progress of Emily's letter.

Karena Wilson, director of the Kindy, acknowledges the support of the hospital and can see the footpath strengthening the connection between both sites.

"We cannot put a value on how much this footpath project means to the kindy and our friends at Roseview".

"It is a wonderful example of how capable and competent four and five- year- olds can initiate change to improve outcomes for people living within our community".

Since the initial meeting, the children have taken their learning further.

Last week Leah Ferme, aged four, was "going to the hospital to have a look if the footpath is wide enough for Judith's wheelchair."

Armed with measuring tapes, a trundle wheel and tools for documenting their ideas the children spent time measuring the width of the footpath, and comparing it to the width of resident's wheelchairs and walkers.

The 'footpath project' is providing children with amazing opportunities to engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in a real life, authentic context.