Playgroup week celebrations
FUN: Skye Muscat-Furnell with Jonty Furnell, 7 mths and Samantha Dwer with Isabelle Davies, 7mths were all smiles at the ‘‘ World’s Biggest Playgroup’’ at Riverway Arts Centre THERE is Father’s Day for dads and Mother’s Day for mums but children currently rule the roost as families celebrate National Playgroup Week.
T h o u s a n d s o f Que e n s l a n d parents, babies and children are letting their imaginations run wild and getting their creative juices flowing to celebrate National Playgroup Week, which wraps up tomorrow.
Townsville’s main event, the ‘‘ World’s Biggest Playgroup’’, was held at Riverway this week with almost 500 children adults taking part.
Playgroup North Queensland r e g i o nal c o - o r d i nat o r Tri s h Chadwick said playgroup was all about parents bonding with their child in educational play.
‘ ‘ Townsville has anywhere from 35-40 groups registered as playgroups and we try and support any venue,’’ she said.
‘‘ Sometimes they are held in a park and sometimes they are in a home. ‘‘ We have all sorts of play with bubbles and sand and
and a h u g e o b s t a c l e c o u r s e s . ’ ’
P l a y g r o u p C E O J e n n i f e r Mobbs said international research and parent understanding supported playgroup’s longheld belief that children learn more in their first five years of life than any other period.
‘‘ Play is fundamental for children in establishing their identity, learning new skills and emotions and playgroup is great way of assisting children prepare for school" she said.