New playgroup at Junee
Families who may not have the opportunity to send their children to an early learning centre may benefit from a new playgroup run by Goodstart Early Learning in Junee.
The playgroup, the first to be hosted by a high school, and run in conjunction with Playgroup NSW, opened on April 30, with all aged under five years invited to take part.
The playgroup, at Junee High School, offers families and their children the chance to meet others, enjoy a free morning tea and benefit from the expertise of Goodstart’s professional educators.
centre director Elizabeth Robbie said two of her educators Rebecca Kemp and Codie McClean are attending the playgroup, sharing their teaching and focusing on quality early learning.
“We started the group to offer families and their children the chance to attend early learning, even if they are not enrolled in a service,” Mrs Robbie said.
“We are an EChO centre (Enhancing Children’s Outcomes) and as part of our community outreach program we wanted to look at how we could offer the community our expertise outside of the centre.”
The playgroup is being run in conjunction with Junee High School’s Year 9, 10 and 11 students who are studying children’s services.
“The playgroup exposes more children to early learning which is so important in preparing them for school. It also gives us a connection to those families who can’t get space with us so allows their children to have some socialisation in the community.”
The playgroup runs from 9-10.30am on Tuesdays during the school term at Junee High School MPC, corner Lydia St and Waratah St.