Laying strong foundations in the early years increases the probability of positive developmental outcomes for children and positive relationships between families and communities.
The importance of play in a child’s development is so significant that it has been recognised by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a basic right of every child (Office of UNHCHR., 1989). The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia also places an emphasis on children learning through play.
Playgroup provides a rich learning environment where developmental opportunities are abundant and foundations are created for:
- literacy and learning
- emotional behaviour
- physical development.
Play-based learning through the playgroup model builds parent agency and advocacy from peer support through to explicit parent instruction and encourages parents in their role as their child’s first teacher.