LITTLE Zayla Green touched the hearts of the Wattle Grove community, in particular those who looked after her at the Wattle Grove Long Day Care Centre.
This year, Zayla, aged two, died from a rare disease called Sturge Weber Syndrome. This is a congenital neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system, skin and eyes.
As a result of her condition, Zayla had a birthmark that covered 80 per cent of her body, was fed through a peg in her stomach, and could neither walk nor talk.
Zayla also had epilepsy and global developmental delay, and was blind and partially deaf.
Zayla's parents, Jessica and Tim Green, recently returned to Wattle Grove Long Day Care Centre to donate $2500.
From the money a plaque will be placed in the garden in Zayla's memory and a special needs change table will be bought.
Mrs Green said finding a day care centre that could accommodate Zayla's needs had been difficult.
"I was looking to find her a day care centre in the area while I went back to studying, but a few of them said no," she said.
"Wattle Grove Long Day Care Centre accepted her straight away."
The centre was equipped to look after Zayla, but made a few small changes to make it more suitable and more comfortable for her.
The centre had a ramp installed to give Zayla access to the outside play area.
She had a one-on-one carer, and staff members were required to complete epilepsy training.
Director Julia Koti-Staker said including children with disabilities in mainstream education was important.
"We don't say no to kids with disabilities," she said.
"Children with disabilities do exist in our communities and it's important that they are accepted, cherished and provided. Zayla was a very placid and lovely girl."