COVID-19 Update – Returning to Playgroup
We know you are excited to get back to your playgroups / programs. The most important consideration for us during this time has been the health and safety of our community – our playgroup families, our employees, and our valued partners.
After careful review and in line with government guidelines, Playgroup Queensland’s preferred position is that playgroups and programs will recommence from Monday 13 July 2020, where possible. This date is aligned to the commencement of School Term 3 and Stage 3 of the Government’s Roadmap. Stage 3 also increases the number of people that can gather at one time to 100, allowing us greater flexibility to welcome everyone back at once.
Please understand that in some circumstances, some of our playgroups (for example our intergenerational playgroups) may remain on hold due to increased health risks or restricted venue access.
To comply with government regulations, Playgroup Queensland requires that every playgroup and program has a COVID-Safe Plan before recommencing face to face gatherings. We are currently preparing resources to support our groups with this process.
If you have questions about your specific group or program, please follow-up with your contact person, but be mindful that navigating this COVID-19 environment is unusual for many of us, so please continue to be patient and kind. Alternatively, you can contact our team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you in person again soon, but in the meantime, please continue to connect with our online community through our Playgroup at Home Facebook group or visit our Playgroup at Home webpage for activities and resources.
If you are a Facilitator or Contact Person for a Playgroup Queensland playgroup or program and have a question or request click here.
How can we support each other and stay connected?
Playgroup Queensland will continue to support our families through our digital communications. We encourage families to stay connected through social media, messaging apps, phone calls and emails. Consider creating an online playgroup experience to read stories, play music, enjoy playdough, share craft creations and share day-to-day play discoveries.
Ways to help children understand the importance of good hygiene
- Reinforce good hygiene by leading by example!
- Make hand washing fun through a sing-a-long or sensory play.
- Talk to your children about COVID-19 in terms they understand. You could even read your child a book like Birdie and the Big Sickness by Andrea Baldwin and Anil Tortop.
- DON’T panic!
- Encourage play, music and movement. It is a great distractor and mood lifter.
- If you can go safely outside, take a walk around your neighbourhood and simply enjoy the sunshine and the short time getting back to nature.
Look after yourself and your loved ones and don’t forget to check in on your playgroup community. Join us on social media to stay up to date as things evolve. Together we can play, share, connect and grow!
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