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Dads discover playgroup a great first social network for their families

Traditional parenting roles continue to change, resulting in more fathers working flexible hours, spending more time with their children and adopting the role of primary carer.

Many dads are discovering that playgroup can help with the socialisation and development of their child, as well as with offering critical support and a social network for both them and their child.

With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, we interviewed several dads who shared their stories about how playgroup is making a positive difference for them and their children.

Read their stories and watch a video of dads at playgroup.

How you can support your child’s brain development from infancy through early childhood Presented by Prof Marc de Rosnay

We are delighted to announce that Prof Marc de Rosnay will be the guest speaker at our 2016 AGM.

Currently the Professor & Academic Head of Early Start at the University of Wollongong, Marc is an expert in social and emotional development in early childhood, and the ways in which children’s growing understanding of the world (cognitive development) affects their experience. He is a regular media commentator on early childhood development.

Marc will share insights about how you can use everyday activities to support your children's development.

We invite Playgroup NSW members to our Annual General Meeting

There is no charge and you are welcome to bring a guest.

DATE: Wednesday, 19 October
TIME: 6-9pm
VENUE: Figtree Conference Centre, Sydney Olympic Park

Deadline for Board Nominations Next Week

If you’re a Playgroup NSW member you received an email in August notifying you that nominations for our voluntary Board Non-Executive Director positions were open.  Just a reminder that nominations close next week, on Wednesday, 7 September.  Four positions are to be elected this year. Our Board plays a central role in guiding the work of our Association. Elections will be concluded and announcements made at our Annual General Meeting.

If you are interested in nominating, please click here for more information, including a nomination form.

Teach your child resilience: how to ‘bounce back’

To children, all experiences are new. Therefore, they may overreact to positive feelings and they may not know how to react to negative feelings such as anger, frustration, guilt, or disappointment. While you can support your child to succeed in life, it is equally important to teach them how to cope with the things they cannot control.

Read more for eight ways you can teach your child resilience and build on their strong character.

How to make Play Dough - watch our new video

Play dough offers many creative possibilities and can be lots of fun for children (and adults). Parents/carers can sit down with young children and show them different ways to manipulate play dough, and encourage them to play with it themselves. Talking with the children about the texture of the play dough can assist their language development.

How to make Play Dough is the most popular activity on our website and now we have a video that shows you how to make this recipe.


Camden's Kids Fun Day

Join Playgroup NSW on Wednesday, 14 of September at Camden's Kids Fun Day from 10 am for a free, fun filled day full of activities and live entertainment for children 0-5 years old including a Ronald McDonald show, a visit from Batman and the Batmobile, amusements, jumping castles, face painting and a free sausage sizzle.


Member Competitions

Tree Fu Tom Competition

Follow the amazing adventures of Tom in an enchanted world where movement creates magic. Go in the draw to win 1 of 4 Tree Fu Tom DVD double packs, including the brand new “Spring Into Action” title plus “Tom Saves the Day” (total pack value $29.90).

Member's Competitions

Story Box Library Competition

To celebrate 100 years of May Gibbs’ first book, Gumnut Babies, which has recently been released as a special centenary hardcover edition and the launch of Elly-May Barnes’ Story Box Library video storytelling presentation of the tale, we have five Story Box Library 12-month family subscriptions to give-away. (valued at $29.95 each – total value: $149.75)


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