Started in April 1981, Bowral Playgroup has been a valued part of the Southern Highlands community for all those years. The playgroup meets on Monday and Friday from 9:30-11:30am at East Bowral Community Centre.
A welcoming playgroup for all
Bowral Playgroup is a welcoming playgroup run by parents for parents. It has a good mix of attendees including mums, dads, grandmas, au pairs, foster parents,and family day carers, etc. The playgroup aims to be a place for everyone to come and enjoy time with their children, gain support and encouragement from other adults while building relationships together. The playgroup also caters for all under school aged children with an especially equiped baby play space for under ones.
Not only a welcoming group, Bowral Playgroup also cares for everyone. Sam King, the playgroup coordinator discloses that they usually organise cook-ups for expecting mums and their families. “We make sure their freezes are full of yummy healthy food when the bub arrives”, Sam shared with us.
The fun never stops at Bowral Playgroup
Mornings at playgroup include free play in the secure indoor and outdoor area with a variety of toys to suit different age groups, craft, music, story time, a mixture of seasonal fruit for the children’s morning tea and a light morning tea with coffee and tea for the adults.
During school holidays, Bowral Playgroup would continue with special activities for its members. Playgroup members continue to enjoy such fun activities as Pyjama day, dance classes by local dance schools, fundamusic, face painting, puppet shows and many more fun activities during holidays. The playgroup also hosts numerous events throughout the year for adults such as high teas, dinners, movie nights, gingerbread decorating nights at the local brewery, a body scrub making night and a lot more.
Baby play space- a new initiative
As in most of areas, Mother’s groups in Southern Highlands run by local hospital or community nurses are only offered to first time parents for the first few weeks. At the beginning of 2018, committee members at Bowral Playgroup realized that there was a huge demand for mother’s groups to continue longer and parents with more than one child to connect with other parents. Sam together with other committee members including Jane Clarke, Tyneal Heise, Mel Johnson set out their new plan, hired more space at the community centre and created what they now call baby play space, an especially equipped space for under ones. They started to put on weekly activities for this area such a story time and music time. There are also special activities for this group. Recently they invited Lesley from Fundamusic Bowral to come along run some special sessions. There was also Mums N Bubs yoga session run by Southern Highlands Yoga.
“We had the privilege of seeing mother’s groups continue meeting in our space and parents with multiple children join in and gain support and knowledge from other parents.”, Sam proudly revealed to us.
If you are in Southern Highlands and keen to connect with like-minded families in area, please contact Bowral Playgroup here.
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