Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King today joined with children from the Giggly Cherubs at St Andrews Playgroup, Bacchus Marsh to celebrate National Playgroup Week.
National Playgroup Week is a celebration of play and playgroups enjoyed by thousands of families around Australia.
Ms King said playgroups play an important role in our community and the lives of families with young children.
“This year’s theme is ‘More Than Play’ and reflects the contribution playgroups make not just to the lives of children but also to families and the broader community,” Ms King said.
“Participation in playgroup activities helps to build the foundations for learning by developing children’s school readiness through play and social interaction.
“In addition to encouraging parents to become involved in their children’s education at an early age, playgroups also support further engagement of families in community activity and volunteerism.
Over thirty local playgroups are registered with Playgroup Victoria – offering a range of activities for young children and their families in our community every week.
“From teddy-bear picnics, dress-ups, craft and story-time – playgroups provide an important opportunity for children, parents and carers alike to meet, share stories and have fun,” Ms King said.
Giggly Cherubs Group Leader, Jacqui Cook said the children have already enjoyed an action packed week of activities.
“The children were fascinated to see the Wild Action sea creatures and rock-pool discovery at Bacchus Marsh Public Hall – they’ve also especially enjoyed craft activities and their new books,” Ms Cook said.
To find out more about National Playgroup Week and the location of your local playgroup, visit the Playgroup Victoria website: http://www.playgroup.org.au/