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GENERATION gap?

What generation gap?

Under Eight's and Grandparents' Day at C&K West Moreton Community Kindergarten seemed to show the more things changed, the more they stayed the same.

The kindergarten's day is part of National Under Eight's Week, an annual event celebrated around Australia.

Director Carolyn Symonds said the Karrabin kindergarten had celebrated with activities for all.

When Trevor and Jan Pfeffer from Aratula were growing up, there was no kindergarten and the nearest big town was too far away.

Even their daughter Julie Sartor grew before a kindy was close by.

Yesterday, Trevor and Jan watched with joy as Julie's four-year-old daughter Giaan introduced her grandparents to kindy.

"We wanted to see what they do. It's a beautiful setting," Trevor said. "We never had anything like this."

Jan said she was keen to see the children in action and see what facilities were at the kindy.

"We're very impressed. There are a lot of happy grandparents and parents," she said.

"We never had kindy, even for our children. In the country we were too far away to go to kindy."

The couple agreed the kindy helped kids learn to play together and communicate, but as Trevor said, "Children are still children."

"The children are excellent. We did some painting, didn't we darling?" she said, tousling Giaan's hair.

Asked if he joined in the activities with the kindy kids, Trevor said: "Poorly."

"I won't bend," he said, trying to get on the slide behind his wife.

Trevor and Jan are retired farmers.

Their daughter Julie lives at Mt Walker, but heard the West Moreton kindy was so good it was worth the 30km drive.

"I carpool with another mum so that makes the trip better too," she said.

"I didn't go to kindy. I grew up with my cousin on the farm.

"I think the interaction with other children, social interaction is the best thing. I see her making friends as a four-year-old.

"It's part of progress I suppose but I don't feel we missed out."



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