There was plenty of excitement at Ooranga Curlewis Preschool on Thursday when a koala was released in the grounds.
The young female koala was taken into care by WIRES volunteer Martine Moran a few months ago after a resident contacted her with concerns.
Mrs Moran said at the time, the koala was "very dehydrated and run down" and underwent a vet check. She did not have chlamydia.
"We fed her up and kept her until it got a bit cooler and then we released her very close to where she was found," Mrs Moran said.
"The great thing about it is that it’s got a fence and the kids are going to put water out for it and the staff have been watering the trees. The trees are bimblebox, which [koalas] love."
Pre-school coordinator Helen Stevenson said it was a wonderful experience for the kids and they had placed water around the trees.
"The children had great delight watching the koala climb the tress and start munching on the leaves," she said.
"They were really interested in what was happening. All day they kept running out and checking if the koala was still there and when their parents came in the afternoon, I think each of the kids dragged them out there to see the koala.
"We’re going to do a bit of a study of koalas next week [and] they’re going to come up with a name."