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 email@example.com.
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.
Ages, Stages and Playgroup
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
It’s not news that children love to play and that play is important for children’s development. But how does Playgroup benefit children of different ages and stages?
The period between birth and seven is the most rapid stage of brain and skill development. Young children’s minds are like sponges, ready and able to absorb more information that we give them credit for. So what does Playgroup provide to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers in terms of brain development? Clearly Playgroup provides a wide variety of early learning experiences that serve to enrich development. But what are the specifics?
Structured vs Unstructured Play
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Play is more than just fun, it's the key to your child's healthy development.
One of the greatest joys of being a parent is seeing your child grow and develop while watching them play, observing them take delight in mastering new skills and making new friends as they play.
Play is more than just fun however; it’s the key to healthy development. From birth, it’s how babies and children learn. It’s how they work out who they are, test their strengths and boundaries, and discover how the world works and where they fit in.
A Helping Hand
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Playgroup provides a welcoming place and vital support for parents who suffer postnatal depression.
Attending a new Playgroup for the first time can be daunting: as with any new situation, there are nerves and a feeling of self-consciousness. But for someone suffering postnatal depression, just getting out the door with a baby (and all the associated baby paraphernalia) can feel completely overwhelming, let alone getting to Playgroup.
This is one of the many reasons why being inclusive at your Playgroup is so important.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The end of the Playgroup year is a very special time for children, especially those that may be moving on to school the following year. Many of these children have been with their Playgroup family since they were small babies. It is a time to recognise and share how much they have accomplished, the friendships they have made and the next steps in their lives. Here are some ideas for your final weeks at Playgroup.
Nothing Beats Nature For Baby Play
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Nature play is making a comeback. There are so many developmental benefits of nature play for children and it’s exciting to see how playgroups are engaging in it. But how do we include babies in nature play?
More Than Mud
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Kids love mud. And if the rise in popularity of ‘Tough Mudder’ style events is anything to go by, many adults love mud too.
But mud for kids is about much more than just good dirty fun. Mud play encourages creativity. It can be soothing and relaxing, providing an outlet for children to express their feelings through their senses and exploration.
Nature Play is Here to Stay
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
How to create a nature play environment your children will love to explore.
It’s no secret that children love playing and investigating outside. When you think back to your own play experiences as a child, if you’re anything like me, your most memorable play experiences usually involve being out in the front or backyard. I remember playing for hours on a ton of paving sand and making caves and roads out of it; or using the mattock in the garden to create roads and rivers for when I played with my soldiers. In recent years the ‘nature play’ movement, has seen resurgence in the idea that playing outside in nature is memorable and therapeutic - and for good reason. Nature play has a positive effect upon children’s physical, cognitive and emotional development; the basis for creativity, problem solving, reasoning, socialising and managing risk.
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