LOCATIONAL SUPPORTED PLAYGROUPS
WHAT IS A LOCATIONAL SUPPORTED PLAYGROUP?
The Woorabinda Playgroup is funded by the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy and is a partnership between Playgroup Queensland and Woorabinda State School. Playgroup Queensland has been delivering a playgroup in Woorabinda for the past six years and was refunded from 1 July 2015 to continue to support the community. This is a true acknowledgement by the department of the relationships and trust that Playgroup Queensland has built in the community over the years, and the need to continue to use these existing and developing relationships to support families in Woorabinda. The aim of the playgroup is to engage families before children attend school and provide a developmentally and culturally appropriate space to encourage learning through play before school. The playgroup also aims to connect families to local services and education especially Woorabinda State School.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE PLAYGROUP?
The Woorabinda Playgroup is delivered in partnership with the Woorabinda State School. A facilitator and play helper are employed by the school to run two playgroup sessions a week focussing on developmentally appropriate learning experiences to foster children’s growth and to help with their social and emotional progression. The playgroup also gives parents the opportunity to find out more information about enrolling in school and connects them with other important services like health, family support and employment. The playgroup employs local people who already have a strong connection and knowledge of the community.