Benefits of playgroup
Playgroup gives babies, toddlers and prep-preps opportunities to:
- socialise with children of similar ages
- develop skills in empathy and negotiation
- foster verbal and non-verbal communication skills
- develop fine and gross motor skills
- improve body control, hand-eye coordination,
- spatial awareness and balance
- develop skills in discovery, exploration,
- investigation and curiosity.
Playgroup can be a lifeline to parents and carers who might not have any other opportunity to get to know local people going through similar experiences.
Why attend a school playgroup?
- Get to know the staff and teachers.
- Become familiar with school grounds and routines.
- Form trusted relationships with school.
- Ensure you know your way around.
- Encourage your child to make friends with other children starting prep in the same year.
- Find out how to volunteer at your child’s future school.
- Get information on other activities offered by the school (i.e. outside organisations using the school grounds to run activities) as well as Out of School Hours Care.
- Meet other parents and carers whose children will be/are going to the school.
Research shows a child’s relationships and experiences in the years leading up to when they start school, lay the foundations for all future
learning, development and function.