Located on the Central Coast, Bateau Bay Montessori playgroup is unique not only for its dedication to the Montessori philosophy but also for its intergenerational approach to play and community building.
Across the generations
Located on the Central Coast, Bateau Bay Montessori is unique for two reasons: not only is it the only Montessori-based playgroup in the area, but it also periodically meets at the community’s aged care centre.
This intergenerational setting adds a new dimension to the playgroup model by bringing together seniors, children and their parents in a relaxed and often joyful environment. Here, children who may not have elder figures in their lives have access to a richer and more diverse play experience.
Mutual support and community building
Bateau Bay Montessori strives to create a welcoming environment of mutual support, where friendships and networks can blossom. Community building and engagement is everything, says the playgroup’s coordinator Jackie Parass.
Developing and nurturing connection is “the basis of a child's happiness, the happiness of home,” she says. “Creating a space for parents to relax is crucial to kids feeling relaxed enough to explore their environment.”
Staying true to core principles
As a Montessori group, this playgroup always aims to keep true to its core philosophy of meaningful play and joyful connection, while being flexible enough to accommodate the diversity of its members.
The group, Jackie says, was started from scratch and with “zero funds.” Many resources are provided by a committed team of mums and dads, “from our own homes, heads and hearts.”
When and where
Bateau Bay Montessori playgroup meets every Wednesday at 10 am at the Bateau Bay Community Hall and once a month at the BUPA Bateau Bay Aged Care Facility. For more information about this playgroup, please visit http://www.playgroupnsw.org.au/Playgroup/Playgroups/BateauBayMontessori