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Baby Development

A baby is in continuous development from the moment they are born, and this is most visible in their first months of life. Each developmental stage can be divided in quarters: from zero to three months, from three to six months, from nine to 12 months. Every stage comes with its own challenges and rewards; knowing how to interact with your baby at different stages is important to their growth. 

Of course, play has a vital role in your baby's development, whether we are talking about motor skills or brain development.

In this section you can read about baby's development, learn how to teach your child different life lessons through play and how to help your child develop their socialisation skills from an early age.

Playgroup NSW is offering a free one year membership to all parents whose babies are under 12 months old.  Click here to learn more.

  • Carley Jones, Playgroup South Australia

    Mon 03-Apr-17

    Nature play is making a major comeback. It has so many developmental benefits and, of course, there’s also the element of having so much fun.

    Let’s take a look at the benefits nature play has to your baby’s development.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 24-Nov-16

    Babies are instantly social, and their first impressions count.

    The earlier babies can enjoy rewarding relationships, the better their prospects to progress socially and emotionally, experts say.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Thu 24-Nov-16

    Pint-sized and unlicensed to walk and talk, a baby’s power to play can sometimes be overlooked – but don’t be deceived: babies are not only primed for fun and games, it’s vital to their development and well-being.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Fri 11-Nov-16

    Your baby or toddler can be your perfect resource for play ideas. Any activity can be fun to young children, and any type of play will allow them to acquire new skills. As a parent, you are your child’s favourite playmate.

    Here are our top tips on how to make play fun for you and your child:

  • Raising Children Network

    Fri 11-Nov-16

    Lots of time spent playing, talking, listening, smiling and interacting with you helps your baby learn skills for life, like communicating, thinking, solving problems and interacting with others. But more than this, play is a great relationship builder. Spending time playing with your baby sends a simple message – you are important to me. This message helps children learn about who they are and where they fit in the world.

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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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