Playgroups in Schools

OVERVIEW

Playgroups in Schools help build relationships between families of young children under school age and provides a soft entry point to the school in which the playgroup is held. These types of playgroups are usually facilitated by a teacher or teacher’s aide, a parent or a volunteer and generally start after morning school drop off. They provide valuable tools to help build confidence in the children and families for their transition into the formal years of schooling. From a school’s perspective, the Playgroups in Schools program introduces families to the school, which in turn helps build enrolments and a strong volunteer base for future years. The program also helps in building capacity in attending children.

TARGET AUDIENCE

Familes with children aged 0-5 years.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Benefits to Children

  • Children develop their social skills, normalising group interactions, turn taking and responsibility to others.
  • Playgroups builds the foundations in language by developing pre-reading and pre-writing skills.
  • Children develop strong, warm and supportive relationships with other children and adults.
  • Children develop an awareness of the school and staff.

Benefits to Parents

  • Increased understanding and knowledge about the school and the support networks available in the local community.
  • Playgroup parents develop strong support networks and often form lifelong friendships that form the backbone of the school support base.
  • There are no out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. there is no Playgroup Queensland membership fee).
  • Increased understanding of the importance of play and early childhood development and confidence in supporting their child’s social, emotional and cognitive development.

Benefits to Schools

  • Playgroups are a proven pathway to building school readiness and facilitate a smooth transition into the early years of schooling. Through play activities children practice their social skills, normalising group interactions, turn taking and responsibility to others.
  • In communities with a large proportion of disaffected families, research has found that facilitated playgroups support the early identification of need among potential enrolments and the development of trusting relationships between parents and the school.

MORE INFORMATION

For further information about Playgroups in Schools please contact Playgroup Queensland on 1800 171 882 or via email.

FUNDING

Schools pay an annual membership fee based on a tiered structure relevant to overall student enrolment. This covers family membership for all attending playgroup families and in addition, schools are provided with the following benefits:

  • Access to staff dedicated to Playgroups in Schools
  • Support hotline
  • Playgroup Signage
  • Online newsletters and articles on early childhood development
  • Member discounts
  • Licence to use the Playgroup Queensland logo
  • Insurance coverage for playgroup activities on site and off site in parks and venues