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Positive Playgroup Story Competition

"Mental Health Starts Where We Live, Learn, Work and Play" Share your positive playgroup story and you could win! With Mental Health Week happening from Sunday, 6 October to Friday, 11 October we wanted to  highlight the positive effect playgroup has had on our members and their wellbeing. We know…

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Scissor Skill Practice: Cutting Playdough

Using scissors helps to improve hand eye coordination and is great for building muscle tone that will be required for writing later on in schooling years. It is also something that requires a bit of practice! Often little ones may start to show an interest in cutting but can find…

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Best Activities to Playfully Encourage Pre-Writing Skills 

Handwriting is a skill that is developed over time. To master handwriting children need to combine fine motor skills, language, memory and concentration. Pre-writing skills are fundamental in developing the ability to write. Acquiring these skills will contribute to your child’s ability to hold and use a pencil, write, draw…

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Encouraging early literacy for little ones

Many parents have high expectations of their children picking up reading and writing skills quickly at school, pre-primary or even kindergarten. This can lead to frustration and disappointment when they discover that being able to recite the alphabet and write their name doesn't necessarily mean a child has grasped the…

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Benefits of Water Play

Summer is here which means we have wonderful warm weather to enjoy! And we don’t know about you, but most children absolutely love water play. The interesting thing about water play is it can inspire loud, splashy, active fun but it can also calm hot, bothered, grumpy kids (and adults).…

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Starting Conversations: Raising Awareness of Anxiety and Perinatal and Post Natal Depression

The pressures of modern life can mean new mums and dads have unrealistic ideas about parenthood. It’s important to know that having a baby can be hugely challenging and adjusting to your new roles can take time. Having a good understanding of what to expect and how you might cope…

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Playgroup Volunteers

Many playgroups often enlist the help of volunteers to help out with their playgroup. What is the difference between a volunteer and a member? A member is a parent or carer with a child currently attending the playgroup. A volunteer is a person who doesn't have children attending the playgroup…

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Community playgroups to receive funding boost from Lotterywest

The WA Government through Lotterywest has approved a grant of $200,000 a year for the next three years to provide financial support to community playgroups. Today, the Hon. Simone McGurk, Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services, visited Inglewood Playgroup to officially present…

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Izzy’s Road Safety Tips – Learning Road Drills or Rules

Did you know? Research has shown that young children can easily learn road drills or rules but nay not use them in dangerous situations or simply recite them without understanding them. Smart Steps Hint... Increase your child's road safety skills and understanding by doing some practical road-side training with them,…

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How To Recruit Committee Members for Your Playgroup

Recruiting committee members   Recruiting members for your playgroup committee can be a little difficult as it requires members to give up their free time to get involved. But in some instances it is a necessary task as previous committee members move on to the next chapter of their lives with their children.  Here are some ideas that could…

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Benefits of reading to your little ones

As most parents know all too well, children have favourite books that they want to read over and over again. There is something wonderful in those stories that brings them back every time and they love hearing these being read out loud. Books are entertaining and fun but not just…

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Traffic Light Sandwich

Who doesn’t love getting in the kitchen with the kids? If you’re looking for some inspiration and a great way to talk about road safety with your little ones then try our fun Traffic Light Sandwich recipe. This activity is also a great one to do at playgroup. Items you…

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Hands are for holding!

Our children can be encouraged to be safe pedestrians from very early on. And one of the simplest ways to start is by asking your child to hold hands. It’s an easy concept for them to understand and one you should start practising the moment they start walking. Try and…

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Celebrating Families Week

National Families Week (held between 15 - 21 May) is a wonderful time to celebrate the importance of family in our life and our community. It's a great opportunity to look at all the different types of families we are a part of and how each one is special. We've…

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Play ideas for the school holidays

With most playgroups on break over the school holidays, we know that sometimes getting inspiration for play ideas to do at home can be tough. Activities don't need to be overly complicated and you'll be surprised how engaged kids will get with even the simplest of play ideas. Playgroup WA…

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Cooking Activity: 2 ingredient dough

This recipe is so simple and perfect for little hands to help with! And with only two ingredients it's an easy introduction into cooking with your little one. And once the dough is made the options of what you do with it are endless - you can make pizza, scrolls,…

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Easy Ways To Create A Sensory Environment For Children

Ever noticed how children use their senses to engage with the world from a really young age? When they have rich sensory experiences whether at a playgroup, at home, in the park or anywhere else, it boosts their brain development. Research has found that children learn by interacting, practising and…

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Welcoming new members

Do you remember when you joined playgroup for the first time? What were the things that made you feel welcomed? People seek out to join a playgroup for numerous reasons and visiting a playgroup can be a daunting feeling for some - remember, this person is stepping out of their…

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Making mum friends

Mum friends. We need these people - but wow, it's HARD. And I mean, trying to find the time to shower with a newborn hard. Think about it, friends are something that we've acquired through various social opportunities  from very early on: our caretakers took us along to socialise with…

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Moving on from Playgroup to Kindy

The year is coming fast to an end (when did this happen??) which also means that for many parents there is another thing on their mind......the countdown to kindy! It's a bittersweet time, our little ones are embarking on a new journey of independence and an exciting new phase in…

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End of year: graduation ideas

This time of year is certainly wonderful; there's a special magic in the air! The end of the year often sees us reflecting on the last twelve months while looking onwards to the possibilities a whole new year promises. This also means that for some of our wonderful friends, it…

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Ten Cool Tips for a Long Hot Summer

Playgroup WA friend Janni Goss has put together a great Top 10 Survival Guide for the summer months ... Top 10 Tips for Summer Keep cool – there are many ways to keep you all cool before you switch on the aircon! Lots of cool water to drink, a squirty…

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The Life of a Working Parent

Being a parent is role I love but one fraught with challenges. However, on an average day, being a parent is what I live for. And I know ‘parents’ come in all different shapes and sizes. The Working Parent One I want to touch on now is the Working Parent…

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Everyone loves dressing-up!

When it’s cold outside it’s easy to get grumpy and forget what fun can be had indoors! One of my favourites is dress ups – and loads of new looks can be made from discarded materials you’ll likely have at home or stored at playgroup. Ask your playgroup families collect…

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Organising a playgroup outing

Does your playgroup love an outing? Do you organise walks to the local park, post office or library? Maybe you’ve set your sites higher and organised a Zoo visit or a trip to a park in another suburb or town? If you have gone further afield – leave some tips…

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