The last of the big health scares.
Trengrove Kindergarten opened on the 25th of February 1955.
The 1950s saw the last of the big epidemics that would often close kindergartens and disrupt the progress of early childhood education.
Polio was a direct threat to young children and New Zealand saw its last major polio outbreak in 1955-56.
The increased public awareness in sanitation and the creation of polio vaccinations meant an end to the outbreaks and kindergarten closures.
At the time this was yet another struggle kindy had to deal with. While technology has improved and moved on to help us fight these health scares, today's policies regarding staying home a few days after a cold, pale in comparison to the environments and rigid policies in place during these 1950s epidemics.
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