Playtime is for parents, grandparents or carers and their pre-school children to come together in a safe place to learn, to play with the other children, have fun and experience new things. Adults can enjoy the company of other adults along with a cup of tea or coffee. Craft, music and learning activities are part of the fun filled and relaxed program.
Parents play a vital role in the running of the playgroup, from craft assistance to the preparation of morning tea, clean up and final pack away time. New ideas or suggestions from parents are always welcome.
Playgroups in Muswellbrook and Murrurundi continued to be well supported by families in these regions. These groups provide families with an opportunity to come together in a fun play based learning environment where they discuss aspects about their own parenting skills gain an understanding about children’s developmental milestones and the importance play during these crucial early years. Each group has a strong early literacy component utilising books, puppetry, songs, music and dance to enhance children and families interests in literacy based activities. The Muswellbrook South Public School Playgroup has been extremely fortunate to have support from Brooke from program evaluations:
“As a professional I knew the theory behind children’s development but now I am able to understand the practical aspects and enjoy parenting much more having been involved with this group. It’s perfect. I find I am a lot calmer”.
“I enjoy watching and talking with other Mums and the staff and noticing changes in my children – I am trying new parenting skills. I now do things differently and it is for the better. I have learnt about other local services and attend social functions at Hunter Park Family Centre”.
“The program has helped me to understand where my child is coming from and to see things from his point of view”.
Playgroups are run in the Upper Hunter region in both Murrirundi and Muswellbrook South, for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Upper Hunter Office on 02 6541 3000. Or visit our What's On page to find out upcoming dates.