Inclusive playgroups for all children, including those with disability and additional needs
PALS provides exposure for mainstream families to an inclusive playgroup setting, to inform their understanding and practice of inclusivity. PALS increases the opportunity for children with disability to connect with others in their community, participate in community activity and to develop social and play skills. Likewise, PALS also increases the opportunity for parents with children with disability to connect with and participate in community activity, develop parenting confidence and build peer support networks.
PALS playgroups are welcoming environments for all children, including those with disabilities and additional needs. It’s all about learning together, creating communities that support us all. At PALS, families identify shared interests and embark on a program of activities with ‘mainstream’ cultural, arts, sporting or recreational organisations. At every step, they are supported by a trained playgroup facilitator. Dance classes? Gymnastics? Yoga or art? It’s all possible at PALS.
Co-designed for families of children aged birth 6, both with and without disabilities. There is no diagnosis required.
Learning through play is key to your child’s development and wellbeing. Playgroup NSW’s inclusive Play and Learn (PALS) programs are a great way to get back out and about and connect with other families!
An external evaluation of the PALS program identified a range of benefits, including:
Playgroup NSW leads play-based programs and services for NSW families with children birth to school age, offering development, shared experiences, and family support, that results in active citizens and inclusive communities.