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Early Childhood Development

All the things we know about how to improve outcomes for children relate to how we engage with children and how we relate them with opportunities. The solutions are social.

It’s important to acknowledge what we know about child development from infancy to childhood. The brain in early childhood - especially in the first years - is growing at an absolutely staggering rate. As the child grows, their brain consolidates. In other words, the infant's’ brain is like a super organ ready for experience and input.  As it starts receiving that input, it starts to narrow down what it focuses on. 

A child's development is driven by both genes and experience. And while there is only so much you can do about genes, there are a lot of things you can do to encourage an early childhood development in your child.

We understand that proper early childhood development is extremely important. In this section you can learn more about how infants develop in the most important areas during the first years of life.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 02-Feb-17

    Very early in their life, children will start to identify rhythm and even move to the beats of music. After all, music is meant to touch our souls! Besides that, music provides cognitive benefits that support children’s early development. In this article, we talk about the benefits of getting musical around your toddlers.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Wed 11-Jan-17

    Children use a range of different types of play to develop their personality and their understanding of the world. Plus, it’s all fun and games with play - even for the grown ups.

    This is why playgroup is very beneficial to children.

    Playgroup NSW CEO, Karen Bevan has worked in child and family social policy for more than 25 years. She is passionate about the important role of play in early childhood development.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics

    Tue 29-Nov-16

    In the early years, your child’s main way of learning and developing is through play. Play is fun for your child and gives him an opportunity to explore, observe, experiment, solve problems and learn from his mistakes. He’ll need your support and encouragement to do this. But it’s important to try to find a balance between helping him and letting him make mistakes, because finding out for himself about how the world works is a big part of learning.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 03-Nov-16

    Passive toys are instruments or learning. The best toys for babies and toddlers are simple. There are several things to look for when buying a toy. 

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Tue 04-Oct-16

    In a series of interviews that Playgroup NSW CEO Karen Bevan has been doing with Kinderling Radio, she provides some tips for play that involve building with blocks and imagination.

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Why start a playgroup?

  • You would like to transition a mother’s group or new parent’s group to a playgroup

If your local mother’s or new parent’s group is interested in continuing to meet as your children get older, forming a playgroup is a great option.

Often parents will find it difficult to continue to meet at cafes or in similar environments once children are older and more active. Playgroup provides a dedicated space for children to play, allowing parents to continue to connect.

  • There is no local playgroup

If you don’t have a playgroup close to home, why not consider starting one? Not only is this more convenient for local parents, it also helps bring communities together.

  • You would like to focus on a language, culture or particular interest

Playgroup NSW provides a range of special interest playgroups including culturally specific playgroups, grandparent’s playgroups, LGBTI playgroups and disability-focused playgroups. If you’re looking for a playgroup with a special interest or focus, we can help you start one.

Interested in starting a playgroup? Playgroup NSW can help you get started.

There are 10 steps involved in starting a playgroup:

  1. Find interested families
  2. Identify the playgroup’s purpose
  3. Select a day of the week and time
  4. Choose an appropriate location
  5. Identify play activities
  6. Select toys and equipment
  7. Establish policies and guidelines
  8. Join Playgroup NSW
  9. Identify costs
  10. Get started!

To read more about each of these steps, read our guide on How to Start a Playgroup.

Playgroup NSW are here to help you at all stages of the process

Playgroup NSW offers a membership package with insurance coverage designed specifically for playgroups.

Contact us if you:

  • Want to start a playgroup
  • Want to affiliate an existing playgroup with Playgroup NSW
  • Already run a playgroup that has adequate insurance coverage and would like to access some of the services provided by Playgroup NSW

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Bubbles can provide hours of fun and fascination for your baby. If they are too young to blow the bubbles themselves, they will enjoy watching the bubbles float and burst.

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