THERE was a cow wandering around Balance Early Education last week.
And a farmer or two in a checked shirt.
The occasion was a dress-up day at the new childcare centre at Windradyne as staff and children got ready to hand over a donation to the Rural Aid Buy a Bale Campaign.
Balance owner Darlene Wadham said $5 is being donated to the bale campaign for every child that enrols at the centre from its pre-opening until June 30.
Rural Aid counsellor Zoe Cox was at Balance to receive the centre's first donation of $500 (or 25 bales) to go to drought-stricken farmers.
"On behalf of Rural Aid, we are very appreciative of this donation and it's so wonderful to have our next generation of farmers learning about the farming community," Ms Cox said.
She said the outlook wasn't much better for locals on the land.
"We're looking at another year quite similar to the last," she said. "Unfortunately, it's likely to get worse before it gets better.
"Even though we have had some rain recently, the heat has dried it off.
"A lot of the farmers I am seeing are just starting to hand feed again."
To tie in with Ms Cox's visit, the centre had a country dress-up day and families had the opportunity to donate a gold coin to buy more bales.
Ms Wadham said the children at the centre had been learning about rain, farm animals and the effects of drought.
They had also put their art and craft skills to use by making farm animals.