Tambellup Playgroup Celebrates Turning 30!

Tambellup Family Playgroup is 30 years old and celebrated with a Bush Kids Party recently!

Loads of fun activities took place with families with young children encouraged to join the festivities & make the most of the messy play theme!

Now, Tambellup Playgroup President Kylie Lockyer gives us an insight into the playgroup.

History repeats

“I’m a second-generation playgroup mum – I went to playgroup when I was little and I’ve been going to playgroup since 2014 with my own children Skye and Austin. And several of the playgroup dads used to attend Tambellup Playgroup when they were little too,” Ms Lockyer said.

Community links

The playgroup has changed venues several times in its 30-year history but is currently co-located at the school.

“We have strong links with the local school but our most relevant connection is with the local ‘A Smart Start’ initiative which aims to educate parents in positive parenting of young children and provide fun developmental opportunities for 0 to 4-year-olds to get them ready for school,” Ms Lockyer said.

The value of regional playgroups

Ms Lockyer is a fantastic advocate for community playgroups.

“In Tambellup, playgroup provides a forum for parents of young children, who otherwise might not get to know each other, to meet and socialise. This is particularly important for families who are new to town and not yet connected with established networks. As a parent, I find the best resource is other parents who are experiencing or have experienced the same situation as yourself,” she said.

Dads love playgroup too

“We have also been enjoying having some dads coming to playgroup in the last few years as they look to get out of the house and find a social environment with their child while mum is at work,” Ms Lockyer said.

Finding new members

“We currently have seven families attending our playgroup with nine children and we meet each Tuesday during school terms from 9.30 to 11.30,” Ms Lockyer said.

“Tambellup is a pretty small community so we keep an ear out for new families in our area. I often ask people when I see them to come to playgroup or get in touch via phone to see if they are aware of playgroup running in town and I then invite them to come along.”

The playgroup advertises in the local newsletter and via the Shire’s new residents’ welcome packs.

“Once we know people are interested, we add them to our Facebook page which has been working well to keep our members updated and connected,” Ms Lockyer said.

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