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Parenting Young Children

Taking care of a child in their first years of life is one of the most rewarding and challenging times in the life of a parent. As a parent, it is easy to feel overwhelmed or to get the impression that things are getting out of control when you have a young child. 

However, with the right knowledge and the right tools, parenting young children can become the most pleasant experience. 

You can create life lasting memories with your child simply by understanding your child's physical and psychological development and interacting with them accordingly. Of course, play is an important element in parenting young children and in teaching them various life lessons. But while taking care of your child, make sure you also take care of yourself. 

At Playgroup NSW, we understand that parenting young children is an entirely new experience to many parents and carers. In this section you will find a collection of useful information, tips and tricks to help you bond with your child.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Wed 28-Jun-17

    Winter can become a challenging season when it comes to finding new fun play ideas for your child. Those cold and chilly days may present a creativity block for parents.

    But there is no such thing as getting bored on a winter’s day, as long as you are armed with play ideas, you and your child will still have lots of fun.

    Here are some fun play ideas to revive your winter routine.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Tue 27-Jun-17

    Children love stories!

    They are drawn to heroic characters, adventure, exploration and magic. It’s childhood in a nutshell.

    Once children become immersed in a story they will transpose it to their play. This type of play is called imaginative play, also referred to as “pretend play” or “role play”.

    Catherine Sewell, Play Thinker in Residence at Playgroup NSW offers a few great ideas you can try to include stories in your child’s imaginative play.

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Wed 24-May-17

    Aren’t holidays the best thing ever?

    When you go on road trips with babies and toddlers things tend to get a bit more complicated and unpredictable. The last thing you want is a car full of fussing toddlers or unsettled babies.

    How can you prepare for a tension-free road trip with your babies and toddlers?

    Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue talks about managing an upcoming holiday so everyone can have a great time in the car.

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Tue 23-May-17

    Once toddlers get moving they’re hard to stop!   Very little gets in their way and big pieces of furniture make no exception. Their curiosity can sometimes lead them to gain extreme confidence in their climbing skills. Even though curiosity is a good thing, you should keep an eye on your little hikers all the time.

    Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, provides three effective tips to stop a clambering toddler in their tracks.

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Tue 23-May-17

    Playing outdoors? Nature is a child’s best friend. In order to have the best play time out in the open, children need to learn to respect nature and get to know it better.

    Why not teach your child the names and features of some plants? There are some that children should avoid playing with, so the sooner you tell them about these plants, the better.

    Paediatric nurse, Sarah Hunstead from CPR Kids, warns parents of the four most hazardous plants they could have in their own backyard. 

Playgroup of the Month

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We value all our playgroups and their amazing stories. This is why, each month, we want you to meet one of them, hopefully their stories will inspire you.

This month, the focus is on Arcadia Playgroup. The determination of this special group of people will surely inspire you.

Play Activities

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Children love playing with balls of all shapes and sizes. And with good reason: balls are great for group play, organised sports or just playing by yourself. They are also suitable for a variety of age groups (from babies to children and even adults).

Featured Video

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With funding from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Playgroup NSW, is piloting a special playgroup for refugee families in South West Sydney.  We are running this playgroup in partnership with SSI (Settlement Services International), NSW’s largest settlement agency and service provider to new humanitarian arrivals and asylum seekers.

Featured Article

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Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, answers one of Kinderling Radio listener’s question on how to keep their child safe on the ground.

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