Everyone needs a project! From playgroups in schools, gender equality to first time parents group, there are great things happening in our current projects. We endeavor to make the playgroup experience as insightful and enjoyable for all, and are always open to innovative ideas about what happens in playgroup.
All Come Out To Play!
Delivered with humour, dancing and enthusiasm All come out to play! is a session that helps children learn about respectful relationships and equality. There are songs and games, lots of exciting toys to play with and it is good for people who are still learning English as well. The session encourages girls to be strong and confident and boys to seek help when they need it – it has a message of equality and respect for everyone.
Move it For Kids
MOVE IT 4 KIDS, a high energy program funded by AUS Sport. It is well-documented that physical activity improves social and emotional health by supporting healthy brain development in infants under 1 year. The MOVE IT 4 KIDS program supports young children to feel enthusiastic about exercise when the Ipad seems so exciting? FUN – that’s what this is all about. Comedy meets music, meets movement while are encouraging good habits, in the most accessible way possible. Children of all ages are inspired, while developing fine and gross motor skills, language skills and social skills.
PEEP LEARNING TOGETHER PROGRAM PLAYGROUPS-IN-SCHOOLS PILOT
PeepLTP supports parents to understand more about how children learn and to do more of the things at home that make a difference to children’s outcomes eg, singing, sharing books and talking. The PeepLTP materials can be used by educators to support parents to enhance their child’s early learning, development and well-being. There has been a significant increase in the number of primary schools looking to establish a playgroup within their school community as a key strategy to engage earlier with families to support early learning and transition to school, however, there is an identified gap in the evidence base, resources and training available to ensure quality playgroup programs can be established within a school environment.
This pilot will:
Assess the suitability PeepLTP as a curriculum for playgroups-in-schools
Make recommendations for the delivery of universal facilitated playgroups in schools (using PeepLTP)
In partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, develop a model of service delivery that targets recipients of School Readiness Funding.
First Time Parent Group Transition Project
This project was undertaken to establish an approach to provide support to MCH nurses to encourage parents to continue to meet as a playgroup after the completion of their first-time parent group. Resources have been developed and piloted in 8 sites across the state. Playgroup Victoria is working with the department of Health and Human Services, with a view to roll this out across the state.
Australian Research Center (ARC) Linkage Project
Playgroup Victoria is the Industry Partner with the Australian Catholic University for this Research Project. This project aims to identify the range of practices, processes and policies in playgroups-in- schools that attend to both strong bonding and bridging relationships for the enhancement of parental capabilities about play. The outcome of this project is a Best Practice Framework generated from the project findings. The Best Practice Framework is intended to inform the provision of playgroups-in-schools as an innovative form of early childhood integrated service delivery.
Playgroup Australia has received funding from the NDIS to deliver Information, Linkages and Referrals to families who have a pre-school aged child with ASD.
In Victoria we created the PlayConnect ILC pilot project to develop place-based support networks surrounding 4 existing PlayConnect playgroups that will:
• Build the inclusion capacity of any local playgroups (or other early years services) that identify they have a child with additional needs, or would like to be more inclusive, through mentoring and support.
• Support local families who have a child with ASD, who are not engaged with any playgroup, to transition into an inclusive playgroup, or other form of community participation.
• Intentionally map and network with local services to gather information, create links and make referrals for families who have a child with additional needs.
• Assist families within PlayConnect playgroups to transition to other playgroups or services.
• Assist families in other local playgroups to transition into or out of playgroup.
The PlayConnect ILC facilitators will collaborate with Playgroup Victoria’s Playgroup Development Consultants to network with community playgroups and build their capacity for inclusion.
For more information about PlayConnect ILC and/or support, please call us on 1800 171 882.
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