Cool Winds Lodge has made its mark in the Hospitality as well as the Beauty & Wellness Industry. The Lodge has however taken up another challenge, and this time round the focus is on the "little people" in our community.
Stacia Tauscher said: "We worry about what a child will become tomorrow yet we forget that he is someone today. Children are like wet cement; whatever falls on them makes an impression."
The Lodge opened the doors of Cool Winds Play Centre on the 19th of January 2011. The Centre provides day care for children aged 4 months to 3 years. The Centre realizes the importance of learning and social interaction during the very early stages of life and therefore undertakes to provide babies and toddlers with quality care in a loving, friendly, safe, playful and stimulating environment. Every child is provided with individual attention, by experienced and qualified teachers and assistants, to ensure that he/she develops to his/her full potential.
The Play Centre was the initiative of Zelda Koekemoer, one of the owners/managers of Cool Winds Lodge. Zelda has been involved with education for many years. She received her B.Com degree in 1995 and her Higher Education Diploma in 1996. She started as a high school teacher in Accounting and Business Economics and was then offered a position to manage the Internal Training department at a HR & Payroll company, Softline VIP, where she worked for 10 years. After moving to Hilton, she did a number of Early Childhood courses through UNISA, which she passed with distinction. She has a passion for education and is driven by the thought that children are apt to live up to what you believe of them. Children have unlimited potential and we as adults need to nurture them and help them to grow. Teaching them to count is not as important as teaching them what counts.
The school follows a Christian based education program. We hope that this facility will provide a good service to people in our community. There is a major shortage of educational facilities for children aged 0-3 years.
"God makes three requests of his children: Do the best you have, where you are, with what you have, now." This is the goal that the management and staff at the Playcentre have set for themselves. We hope to be making an impact in the years to come!