PUPILS from the YMCA Outside School Hours Care service at Blackett Public School love the great outdoors — and they're about to enjoy it even more, thanks to an $8250 grant.
Funding allocated through the state government's Community Building Partnership scheme will go towards an improved outdoor learning space that can be used rain, hail or shine.
It will include shade sails, chairs, tables and garden beds in which a vegetable patch will be created.
Fifteen pupils attend the before school session each day and 30 go to after school care.
Co-ordinator Sammantha Johnson, who was born in Blackett, said the new area will be well used.
"The kids love gardening," Ms Johnson said.
"They are very excited about having their own little space."
The new outdoor learning area could be installed in the next few months.
Before and after school care has been running at Blackett Public School for 11 years and Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery, who lobbied for the funding, described the service as a community asset.
"The CBP program aims to provide improved community infrastructure for the people of NSW and encourage community-based activities that create more vibrant and inclusive communities," Mr Amery said.
"I am pleased to award this funding to the YMCA Blackett Outside School Hours Care which will enable the Y to continue to provide quality care for our local families."