Emma's Story - Life Before & After Playgroup
Monday, November 12, 2018
Hi There, I’m Emma, mum of two, perilously close in age, preschool children. Miss Scarlett is three, and Master Felix, four. Welcome to my tale of life before, and after Playgroup.
The Importance of Play in the Lives of Young Children
Thursday, October 25, 2018
In early childhood education, play has characteristically been regarded as the main way that young children learn.
Let's Get Physical
Monday, August 13, 2018
Kids need plenty of active play all year round, even when it’s cold and grey outside.
Playgroup SA’s Top 5 Tips for Surviving Challenging Behaviour at Playgroup
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Children are toddlers for such a short period of time, so try to remember that all behaviour is communication. Ask yourself ‘What is the behaviour telling me?’ Enjoy this time with your toddler and embrace the challenges with a fresh perspective of learning opportunities.
The Dirt on Outdoor Play
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Children are naturally curious and motivated to learn about their environment and surroundings. They do this by asking questions and talking about their experiences. What better way to explore their world than by being outside enjoying it? Free and unstructured play outdoors encourages problem solving, social skills and many other forms of development. It’s an ideal environment for experiential learning, as it offers unique opportunities to be creative, to move around, and for children to make choices, be loudor quiet.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Introduce sensory activities for children with autism and you’ll find other children will love them, too.
Socialising can be a daunting task for parents who have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But with careful planning, you can create a welcoming, exciting environment that will help these children engage in play at your playgroup.
Autumn is a Time to Play!
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Autumn is such a wonderful time of year. The autumn leaves are falling from the trees in backyards, in playgrounds and in the suburbs. Who doesn't love watching the beautiful orange and brown leaves gently float from side to side as they make their way to the ground? Children love to play with autumn leaves, throwing them up in the air or stomping on them to hear the crunch under their feet! The sounds and senses of autumn – a season of fun activities and adventures for everyone. Try this easy autumn tree activity at Playgroup or at home
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Share the joy of music for a magic learning experience.
When children listen to music, most find it impossible to sit still. They love to sing, make noise and dance along.
It’s a great idea to include a regular music time at Playgroup, to help expose children to different kinds of music and boost their confidence in musical ability. This can work best at the end of a session, as a way of calming everyone down and creating a happy mood for home time. It’s also a great opportunity for the parents and carers to share a happy experience with their child.
Coordinators - Top 20 Tips!
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Attention Coordinators! We’ve put together our top 20 tips to assist you with providing a welcoming, interactive, social and fun place for families. These tips will also make your role easier. We’d love to hear your best Coordinator tips too! Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All in the Family
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
As parents return to work sooner, grandparents are stepping up to care for their grandchildren – and turning to Playgroup for help.
Grandparents and great grandparents are a wealth of family knowledge, culture and history. They play such an important role in the lives of young children. You only need to see the smiles and laughter that come from both grandparents and children when they’re in the same company to see how important and special these bonds are.
But as many parents return to work and find that conventional child care options cannot meet their needs, the role of the grandparent is changing. Many now care for their grandchild or grandchildren on a part time or full-time basis.
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