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Welcome to 2017!
A new year full of fun and learning through play

By: Karen Bevan, Playgroup NSW CEO.

We’re already into February with the majority of our playgroups starting back up for the year this week. So, a belated happy new year and welcome back to all our playgroupers.

Here at head office, we’re already deep into planning a full suite of exciting new initiatives and events for playgroup families. 

You’ll see in our “What’s On” section that we’ve booked Tumbalong Park in Sydney for our World’s Biggest Playgroup Day in March. This free community event will feature performances by major children’s entertainers, a super exciting and huge interactive exhibit by our LEGO® DUPLO® partners and much, much more. Plus, we’re supporting playgroups in Mudgee, Morpeth and Bathurst to hold community events during National Playgroup Week.

In a couple weeks, we’ll be announcing an exciting initiative for families with babies. 

We’ve recently updated our website with our new branding and improved the navigation to make it even easier for you to find information. You can discover all the new features at

To keep you up-to-date, in addition to reading this monthly eNewsletter, we encourage you join our 8,000+ Facebook followers.

Four ways playtime helps children’s learning

With a new year of playgroup, it’s a timely to think about the many ways playtime helps our children to learn.  

Play is the work of children. It's how they begin to engage and make sense of their world and how they start to understand the world around them.  Play is an intrinsic part of what it means to be a child.

It’s important for children to have playful experiences on a daily basis, as often as possible, and from a very early age. A child can start to play when they are only a few weeks old; play helps them make sense of their surroundings.

Speaking about the educational role of play, how exactly does it help a child’s development? In a recent interview with our friends at Kinderling Radio, I talked about four ways playtime helps children’s learning.

Healthy Lunch Ideas for
Under 5's

A healthy and nourishing lunch is important to help kids stay alert and active throughout the day. If your kids are tired of the same old sandwich, why not mix and match some of the following more exciting options?



Play Activity - What's the Time Mr Wolf?

This is a great game to play outdoors, but if it is raining, you can also be play in a spacious indoor area.

Did you know you can rate the play and craft activities on our website? Helen, from Arncliffe gave “What’s the Time Mr Wolf” five stars, saying, “Another favourite we play at the Monday Monkeys in Arncliffe. Even the under two's get excited trying to hold their fingers up and saying the correct time. But of course the best part is running away screaming before the wolf catches them.”

Check out this fun game!


What's On?

World's Biggest Playgroup Day

Playgroup NSW is inviting YOU and YOUR FAMILY to join us at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour on March 29th for a FREE family day of fun, activities and entertainment for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

The entertainment line-up includes Bananas in Pyjamas as they celebrate their 25 year birthday with us, as well as Nay Nay and Splash Dance. Pre-registration is NOW OPEN. The day is fast becoming a hit, with thousands already taking advantage of pre-registering their attendance to win some fabulous prizes! 

Click to pre-register or for more details.

What's On?

National Playgroup Week Events

Playgroup NSW is celebrating National Playgroup Week by hosting events in Bathurst, Morpeth and Mudgee in March.

The events will feature entertainment, activities as well as food for families and their children aged 0-5 years! There will also be a special baby focus this year.

Keep an eye out for more information. including date and venue, coming soon!


Member Competitions

Smiggle "Back to Playgroup" Competition

Got big dreams for your future? Plans for adventures, excitement, taking on the world? Then let’s get back to playgroup and get on with the fun!  

To celebrate the return to playgroup, we're giving playgroup members a chance to win 1 of 2 Smiggle 'Back to School Essentials' prize packs.

Member Competitions

Win one of 5 family season membership packs to Wet'n'Wild Sydney!

Simply email us a photo of your favourite summer moment for the chance to WIN! 

Wet’n’Wild Sydney is also offering all Playgroup NSW members great value group discounts on one-day passes and season memberships valid until 23 April 2017 - click here to purchase! 

Wet'n'Wild Sydney features amazing world first attractions, interactive ride technology and takes fun to a whole new level for the entire family. Open every day in February, it’s a perfect time to bring your Playgroup 
NSW mums and bubs for a splash!

Plan your visit here.


Playgroup NSW on Snapchat!

We've recently opened a snapchat account to share all the wonderful things about playgroup! Connect with us by adding playgroupnsw or by scanning our snapchat code on the right while you're in snapchat.

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