IN 1976, when Peregian Beach was a tiny coastal village, a group of parents formed a playgroup.
By 1982, this group of parents saw the potential for extending their children's education locally, and the Peregian Beach Kindergarten and Preschool become official in 1982. This month the kindergarten celebrates its 30-year anniversary
Co-director Carmel Desjardins has taught at the school for 25 years and believes the reasons for the kindy's longevity are many.
"Well, there is a certain magic about this place," she said.
"I could feel it when I first walked through the gate all those years ago, and I still feel it every morning when I arrive.
"Not only that, I've heard parents and even visitors mention the same thing. It's green, shady and tranquil and it really is a paradise for children."
Mrs Desjardins said children in 2012 are more confident, social and accustomed to change, but some things don't change.
"They love to imagine and create and they are still fascinated by the simple things, such as insects, a flowering plant, a seed growing in a cup," she admitted.
This year Mrs Desjardins has 17 boys and five girls in her group.
"I was bracing myself for quite a big year but they are absolutely delightful," she said.
"The boys are certainly quite physical and can be boisterous but they are so sensitive and caring and give me great hope for a better world."
What You Need to Know
Celebration day is Sunday, October 21, 11am - 2pm.
Celebrations include: local musician Sahara, Aboriginal performers, cake stalls, an animal farm, sausage sizzle, face painting, balloon-making and a coffee van.
There will also be special tree-plantings and laying of a commemorative mosaic.
The centre is located next to the Peregian Tennis Club and Veggie Village and sports oval and an easy walk from Peregian Village.