Support on the slide
Future uncertain for Monto Community Playgroup
PARENTS of young children in Monto were given a fright last week when Monto Community Playgroup president Becky Jensen announced that the group might have to wind up due to a lack of community support.
The fortnightly playgroup provides younger children with an opportunity to engage in a safe and friendly environment. The group is hosted by the QCWA and is funded by raffles and community support but the group has been flagging in recent times with numbers on the decline.
Mrs Jensen, who issued a plea on social media last week for parents to bring their children along, said the playgroup would continue to operate for a while longer but if numbers don’t increase in the next few weeks, it will be the end.
At last Wednesday’s session, while the kids played happily outside, parents and organisers discussed their concerns for the future.
Daycare operator Margaret Eggerling said the playgroup was popular among younger parents looking to help their kids socialise.
“We come here to communicate with children and support younger parents that are coming along,” Mrs Eggerling said.
Tammy Bannister , who was among the parents on hand, said the playgroup was vital for kids’ development.
“There would be nowhere for kids who don’t go to daycare to socialise in this community and learn social skills before starting school,” she said.
The playgroup is held every second Wednesday from 9.30am-12pm at the CWA Hall in Monto.
FUN IN THE SUN: Children make the most of their time together at a Monto Community Playgroup morning.