Fee for Service
Organisations and communities engage Playgroup WA to provide a range of services and support as required.
Professional Development and Training
Playgroup WA has worked with a number of communities, including a number of rural and remote indigenous communities, to provide mentoring, support and training to playgroup staff and families. Over the past 10 years we have worked with:
- Warburton and other communities in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands
- Wankatjungka – working with Karungal Incorporated
- Balgo – working with the Wirrimanu Aboriginal Corporation
- East Kimberley communities – working with Save the Children
- Pat Giles Centre playgroups in various metropolitan locations
- Wiluna – working with the Nganagganawili Aboriginal Health Service
- Bunbury – working with South West Aboriginal Medical Service
Support and training offered includes assistance to establish playgroups; develop routines and program planning processes; train staff around play and play activities that support children’s early development; help and advice on how to engage parents and caregivers in play interactions with their children; strategies to support capacity building; program records and data collection for reporting; and advice on appropriate toys and equipment for playgroup settings. We can also offer assistance in relation to playgroup programme design and evaluation and have partnered with a range of agencies to secure new funding for playgroup programmes.
Training is tailored to suit the needs of the communities, playgroup staff involved, reporting requirements and the program goals and objectives. In 2012 and 2014 Playgroup WA provided professional training and support to 2 delegations from Indonesia (the first a multi -agency group organised by Associate Professor Sally Brinkman and funded through AusAid and the second a delegation from Child Fund International) to increase their understanding of the role of playgroups in supporting and enhancing children’s early development and gain the knowledge and skills to assist with the establishment and implementation of playgroup programs in various communities.
Community Workshops and Presentations
Playgroup WA delivers presentations and workshops to parents, students and other providers about the importance of play and the role playgroup has in supporting children and families in the early years. These are arranged on an individual basis and may be one-off sessions or involve a series of sessions.