It’s a bus that brings joy to children in our remote regions,
To country children
EVERY Monday morning the Burnett Mobile Playgroup and Family Support Group members pack their vehicle with everything, including the kitchen sink, and head up the Burnett Hwy.
Based in Maryborough, the bus covers an area from Biggenden to Monto and Mt Perry, visiting 12 playgroups a month on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Program manager Liddy Pamenter said the service was government funded and free to anyone who wanted to come along.
“There are a variety of toys and puzzles that are changed every month but play dough and craft is on the agenda every time,” she said.
Ms Pamenter said the days were important for social interaction for country children who could not get to town for kindergarten or day care and for those children who were educated through School of the Air.
“We have found children who attend playgroup before kindy and school interact a lot more and share with fellow children and adults,” she said. “This makes a huge difference.”
Across the Burnett there are about 150 children accessing these playgroups held in halls, schools, showgrounds and homes.
There is also a parents’ library, with reference books that can be borrowed covering children’s issues.
To learn more about the service phone 0427 215 267 or email email@example.com.
PLAY TIME: Madeleine, Sophia and Hannah Radel load the animals with the help of Lachlan Drescher, just one of the many activities offered by Burnett Mobile Playgroup and Family Support Service.
Cameron Radel plays with the cars and trucks at Biggenden Playgroup.
WHAT A DOLL: The favourite activity for Lara Bradley and Jaslyn Drescher was looking after the babies.
Emma Drescher has been going along to playgroup since she was two months old.
Aiden Bradley changes a nappy while Liddy Pamenter looks on.
Cooper Addison has fun on the swings.