Free fun for kids

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

PLAY-based learn­ing has long been recog­nised as an ef­fec­tive ap­proach to sup­port early child­hood care and de­vel­op­ment.

Through safe and sup­ported play, chil­dren are given op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn, grow and pre­pare for school.

The In­ten­sive Sup­ported Playscheme pro­gram runs in about 80 lo­ca­tions through­out Aus­tralia and 34 lo­ca­tions in south-east Queens­land.

With trained staff and fam­ily sup­port work­ers, the pro­gram pro­vides early learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and par­ent­ing sup­port for vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies and chil­dren un­der the age of six.

Fam­ily sup­port work­ers get to know fam­i­lies dur­ing the two-hour weekly play ses­sions and pro­vide ex­tra sup­port, ad­vice and links to ser­vices where needed.

The south-east Queens­land ISP Pro­gram was es­tab­lished in Bris­bane in 1982.

The free pro­gram op­er­ates from a mo­bile playscheme van.

Trained early child­hood and fam­ily sup­port work­ers pro­vide chil­dren with fun and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, and par­ents with ad­vice, skills, links and re­fer­rals to other com­mu­nity ser­vices.

The pro­gram is at Gin Gin, Dear Street Park on Wed­nes­day ev­ery se­cond week, 9.30–11.30am. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, phone 0411 668 852.

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