Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre (MPC) has two very shady playgrounds with many natural spaces to explore. The centre welcomes families with 0 to 5 year old children into the community to come and play.
Although Playgroup ground to a halt in Term 2, the gates will be open every second Saturday in Term 3. Many families use this time as an opportunity for their child to become familiar with the kindy environment so it is open to all and not restricted to families intending to enrol at MPC. The cost is $12 for a first ‘come and try’ session then $50 for 5 sessions thereafter.
MPC Playgroup offers a stimulating, safe, friendly environment for families to come together to play and build relationships. The lovely Jo, an educator who wears many hats at kindy, is there to welcome and interact both with children and parents.
These are very relaxed occasions in which parents can use the beautiful playgrounds to engage and explore with their children. Some children bundle in very eagerly to take a look and get into playing while other families take their time to have a quiet wander by themselves, quietly taking in the surroundings and chatting together about what they see.
Children build their self-confidence through learning to talk with different children of various ages, as well as adults, and begin to feel a part of a little group. Playgroup parents and grandparents also build connections and enjoy their time in this relaxed, safe environment to socialise.
Jo supports children as they explore, and encourages play possibilities. Some parents have had lightbulb moments as they hear the positive way Jo listens and responds to children.
A set of grandparents commented on the changes they have seen in their grandchild’s confidence around new people: ‘He doesn’t hide anymore.’ They have attributed this new behaviour to practising talking to Jo and other new people at Playgroup.
Playgroup will begin again on July 18th. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can be ready to welcome you.