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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.

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Fri 28-Oct-16

    There is no such thing as a “right age” to potty train your child. Whether you decide to go nappy-free at 18 months or four years, the best decision is whatever suits you and your child. Postponing it for too long, however, can limit your child’s independence. When you decide to turn nappies into history, these tips may come in handy. 

  • Playgroup NSW

    Mon 24-Oct-16

    Toys are important for your child’s development. They are fun and interesting, and can help your child to develop a wide variety of skills.

    There are a lot of toys that can be dangerous to a child, especially if they are not age-appropriate or if they are made from potentially harmful materials. As a parent, you can evaluate your child’s toys by going over some simple steps to make sure they don’t present safety issues.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Mon 17-Oct-16

    Is your child telling you they are bored or is your toddler showing signs of boredom? One of the best ways to entertain a bored child is to take them outside. The outdoors offer endless possibilities for having fun. It’s also a healthy alternative to playing in the house.

    Here are some of the things you can do with your toddler, without having to leave your neighbourhood.

  • Starting Blocks

    Fri 30-Sep-16

    Day care or other forms of childcare or early education can be a lifesaver, especially for parents who cannot take a lot of time off from work and whose families are out of reach. When searching for the best solution for your child, start by understanding what your options are.

    There are multiple types of early education and childcare - how do you choose the best one for your child(ren)? Although similar in the types of activities they undertake, you should pay close attention when choosing an early learning centre for your child, as each of them comes with its own particularities.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 29-Sep-16

    Listening to stories is a new experience for your child, and it may be a new experience for you, too. Here are a few pieces of ways to make the activity fun and interactive.

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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