Good News' Beginnings Preschool adds state-of-the-art playground

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 04:35 PM.

"They just have a ball out here," Ousley said, looking over three 2-year-olds laughing and playing on the bridge.

But it's not all just fun and games. The playground also helps these youngsters develop their large motor skills, as well as social skills.

"There's a lot of learning that takes place outside," she said. "We've really utilized the space for outdoor learning."

The children spend a minimum of one hour of their five-hour school day playing on the playground. In addition, the school also offers students organized physical education, which for the younger set means Simon Says and Duck-Duck-Goose, all taking place in the comfort of the turf-carpeted play space.

Beginnings Preschool is a part of Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach, and its mission is to teach children by positive example, as well as "teaching children through love in Christ." The school has four classrooms for the 40 students that attend, and for each of the 10 students in a grade level, there are two teachers. Ousley has been the director of the school since the beginning, and has been an integral part of growing the school to offer students a world-class education right in South Walton.



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