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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

    Mon 06-Feb-17

    Playgroup is a fun, interactive experience for young children and adults alike. With over 800 playgroups affiliated with Playgroup NSW, there are many benefits to attending.

    Here are our top 5.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Tue 31-Jan-17

    Thousands of families with young children enjoy making going to playgroup part of their weekly routine. Whenever we visit a local playgroup in NSW we are thrilled to see so many children attend with their parents and carers. If you are thinking about joining playgroup this year, then this article is for you. 

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Wed 11-Jan-17

    Are you dealing with competitive parenting? Here are some tips that can come in handy whenever you feel you are in a parenting race with other parents.

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Fri 25-Nov-16

    For children, Christmas can be overwhelming, tiring and fun - all at the same time. There is an entire ritual that occurs on Christmas and that children are not yet familiar with.

    Holidays can be intense for children, as everything is new to them: the Christmas tree, gifts, Santa Claus, guests… It is easy to see how emotions and moods can escalate quickly. So here are a few ideas to get you and your child in ship-shape for the holiday season.

  • Starting Blocks & Playgroup NSW

    Mon 21-Nov-16

    For first-time families, it is hard to know when to start considering and planning for their baby’s first step into early childhood education and care.

    Starting Blocks, ACECQA’s family focused website, in association with Playgroup NSW, has developed a fun infographic to help new families prepare for their child’s learning journey.

    This illustrated journey places strong emphasis on play-based learning and encourages families to consider their local playgroup. Playing games, singing, talking and laughing together at home and at playgroup is a special time that helps create a unique bond and encourages children to learn, use their imagination and develop a variety of skills.

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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