Muswellbrook Pre-School Kindergarten officially opens upgraded state-of-the-art playground during annual Book Week celebrations

THE adventures are set to begin after the Muswellbrook Pre-School Kindergarten officially opened its upgraded playground on Wednesday.

The eagerly-anticipated ceremony complemented the educational provider's annual Book Week parade - meaning the kids, staff and parents had double the reason to celebrate.

The project, which came in at just under $500,000, was assembled by the experienced team at Hunter Fencing and Landscaping.

And, already, it is a huge winner among the littlies.

"It's a massive occasion for us," director Kelly Constable said.

"We've been fundraising for this state-of-the-art playground for the past five years.

"While we received a couple of grants from the NSW Department of Education, everyone's done a fantastic job - from the staff to the committee - to make it all possible.

"A lot of time and thought went into the process.

"We designed it for the long-term, so it won't need to be replaced for many, many years.

"It's an all-purpose facility - sheltered and drought-tolerant.

"The feedback's been exceptional, too.

"Several people have commented that it's better than any of the local playgrounds in the shire.

"Even the Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell MLC was impressed when she visited here late in 2018 with Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen.

"Our thanks go to Hunter Fencing and Landscaping's Nigel and Kath Meier for their input, and terrific work, as well as each person involved in the journey.

"It was a real collaborative effort."

Boasting a sensory path, swings, dry creek bed, climbing fences, bamboo forest, race car track and much, much more, the play area will certainly keep the youngsters entertained well into the future.

"They love it," Ms Constable said.

"It was a big job, but it's paid off.

"The kids just want to be out there every day.

"It's for the children of today, tomorrow and many years to come."