Funded by the Department of Social Services, our supported playgroups help children to explore and learn while providing a place for parents and carers to socialise and discuss their children’s development.
Assisted by our Family Case Workers these groups provide additional support to individual families who might be facing various life challenges. Throughout the year our groups will have visitors from early childhood nurses, child dentists, road safety speakers and more. Families are welcome to stay engaged in our playgroup for 12 months with individual support needs considered. Last year we launched another supported playgroup specifically for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families which is run weekly in Waitara. We’d love to see you there!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a supported playgroup?
Supported playgroups provide a structured and positive learning environment for parents and children (aged 0 – 5 years) to increase their skills and confidence, and to develop valuable social and family support networks. Supported playgroups usually meet once a week and are facilitated by a trained early childhood worker. The Playgroup Coordinator can also assist parents by providing parenting information and referrals to other health and community services.
How does a supported playgroup differ from a regular one?
Often community based playgroups do not have a trained early childhood worker present and may not be able to refer to relevant health and community services should a family need additional supports.
I am not Catholic, can I still attend?
Yes, our service is open to all.
Are the playgroups free?
Yes, they are. Call 1800 324 924 to secure your place.
Does a parent need to attend, or just the children?
You need to attend with your children.
How will a supported playgroup help with my child’s development?
Children under five are going through a stage of rapid brain and skill development. For optimum development, young children need a stimulating environment to play and learn. Playgroups offer babies, toddlers and young children a wide variety of early learning experiences and are a great way for your child(ren) to learn about the world, make friends and develop social skills. For children, playgroup:
- Provides an environment for social interaction
- Provides an opportunity for children to play and learn
- Assists in language development and communication
- Provides a space for children to participate in and enjoy new activities
- Provides a stimulated environment where children can acquire new skills and learn
- Provides access to a variety of toys and equipment
- Provides a safe and happy place for children
- Assists children to become ready for the formal learning environment
- Provides an opportunity to attend excursions and events.
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