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 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.
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