Playgroup has a wide range of benefits for both children and caregivers.
Our playgroup here at Zion is a safe place to bring your child offering a wide range of activities aimed at the 0 to 5 age group.
Social interaction is important at this stage of your child’s life, whether it be playing with other children or alongside them. Toddlers are quite happy to play next to others. This is part of their social development as they try to make sense of how to interact appropriately with other children.
By the age of three they are quite social and learning the fine art of sharing and taking turns.
Activities at playgroup are chosen to develop many skills your child will need when attending preschool. Sandpit play, painting, playdough and collage are all fantastic activities to develop fine motor skills, used for writing later on.
Social skills are promoted in the home corner, sandpit and activity tables. Climbing frames, cubby house play and ball throwing help to develop gross motor skills. Choosing songs to sing at the end of the session gives children a sense of belonging.
There is so much to be learnt through play!
While all of this is happening parents and caregivers are able to socialise and spend much needed quality time with their children. So, the answer to the question at the top of the page is….lots!!
by Trinette Lamb