ONE of the most bustling tents this year has been the small makeshift kindergarten closer to the Gladstone Rd side of the festival.
Known simply as Kindy @ the Park, the kindergarten is a place where parents can leave their children to learn, draw, read and do little activities for a three-hour period while parents occupy themselves with other happenings at the festival.
Kindergarten manager Analesi Tuicaumia said the tent had earlier attracted about 110 children yesterday. On average they get about 70 children throughout the day and they are tended to by 10 teachers.
Mrs Tuicaumia said emphasis on childhood education was paramount for the kindergarten and its teachers.
"The whole idea behind it is to showcase to Fiji and the region the importance of early years and how children need to get access to quality early childhood education," she said.
"We really hope to advocate the importance of childhood education by doing this, not only to the parents and children, but for our teachers here also so they understand their roles better."
The payment is $2 for three hours and parents are not encouraged to leave their children for much longer so that other children get the chance to experience time in the tent.
The kindy is owned and run by The Little Ones Kindergarten, which is a kindergarten in Suva in its fourth year at the Hibiscus Festival.