Proser­pine’s lit­tle stars shine within playgroup

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY KIDS -

PROSER­PINE’S lit­tlies had the chance to feel like stars last Tues­day as part of Na­tional Fam­ily Day Care Week.

The Whit­sun­day Shire Fam­ily Day Care kids met up for a playgroup, so­cial­is­ing and hav­ing fun to­gether.

“All the Fam­ily Day Care’s across Australia hold a playgroup that week,” Whit­sun­day Shire Fam­ily Day Care co­or­di­na­tor Tracy Healey said.

“The theme is Ev­ery Child is a Star, so we’re fo­cussing on the chil­dren.”

To re­ally make the kids feel spe­cial each made their own sou­venir to take home.

“We had pho­tos of the chil­dren in a star with their hand­print in them and they got to take that home with them,” Ms Healey said.

The kids un­leashed their cre­ative side in many other ways as well, and had a break for lunch of course.

“We had ev­ery­thing from star stick­ers, star art and craft, star sand­wiches, star ev­ery­thing,” Ms Healey said.

But this was about more than just let­ting the kids run wild, with the large group in­ter­ac­tion form­ing part of their ed­u­ca­tion.

“What the chil­dren get out of it is all sorts of de­vel­op­men­tal skills,” Ms Healey said.

“Es­pe­cially so­cial and emo­tional skills; get­ting to­gether in large groups, be­ing part of the com­mu­nity, en­gag­ing in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and craft.”

This week’s event also marked 25 years of op­er­a­tion for Fam­ily Day Care Australia, the na­tional body gov­ern­ing the lo­cal branch.

PLAY TIME: El­lie Telford and Jed Griffiths do some starthemed arts and crafts at the Whit­sun­day Shire Fam­ily Day Care playgroup. Photo: Rory Sheav­ils

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