It’s a bus that brings joy to chil­dren in our re­mote re­gions,

To coun­try chil­dren

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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 bm­play­group@op­tus­net.com.au.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

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.

PHO­TOS: ERICA MURREE

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.

Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

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