Smart Buddies Playgroup, held at Waddington Primary School every Wednesday morning of the school term, is one of three free local playgroups run by the Roseworth Child and Parent Centre thanks to the support of The Smith Family; a children's charity focused on helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education. The other two playgroups are located at Koondoola Primary School and Hudson Park Primary School.
One of several play mat areas within the room.
Smart Buddies Playgroup has its own dedicated room and outdoor play area within the grounds of the school and has become a home away from home for many parents and their children since its inception three years ago. Catering to children aged 0-3 years, Play Leader Emi provides a range of age and skill appropriate activities designed to engage and inspire her young audience.
Play Leader Emi reading a story during mat session.
Refurbished at the beginning of the school year, the playgroup room is a bright and stimulating environment for the children. A dedicated play kitchen, book mat, and general play areas encourage even the most reserved children to explore and play. A table set up in the centre of the room doubles as a play dough zone and activity centre.
The play kitchen and home corner are always a favourite with the little ones.
The outdoor area has a small sand pit and play fort complete with slide, pirate steering wheel and hidey holes. A balance beam, see-saw, and mini trampoline complete the area.
The play fort is an outdoor favourite.
Let's not make the mistake, however, of thinking that playgroup is just for children. Smart Buddies also acts as a connecting point for the mums who come together each week to equally commiserate and celebrate the joys of parenting.
Helen Burgess, Manager of Roseworth Child and Parent Centre, is a regular visitor to sessions and is a veritable fount of information when it comes to programs and services that can be accessed should you find yourself in need of help or advice.
Warm days are great for fruit time picnics.
Come along and join in the fun on Wednesday mornings from 9am-11am. Remember to bring a piece of fruit to share and a hat for outdoor play.
These international, award-winning programmes offer a magical world of sensory learning, wonder and exploration for babies 0 -13 months, and are backed by over 35 years of research into child development.