Sup­port on the slide

Fu­ture un­cer­tain for Monto Com­mu­nity Play­group

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

FUN IN THE SUN: Chil­dren make the most of their time to­gether at a Monto Com­mu­nity Play­group morn­ing.

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