Playgroups in Schools

 

Playgroup in Schools facilitates excellence in play and interaction between families. Playgroups operating on school campuses can be facilitated or run by a parent or parent group.

As with all playgroups, regardless of their setting, Playgroups in Schools provide a safe place for parents to share their experiences with others and for children to learn through play.

Benefits to Children

  • Children develop their social skills, normalising group interactions, turn taking and responsibility to others.
  • Playgroups builds the foundations in language by developing pre-reading and pre-writing skills.
  • Children develop strong, warm and supportive relationships with other children and adults.

 

Benefits to Parents

  • Increased understanding and knowledge about the school and the support networks available in the local community.
  • Playgroup parents develop strong support networks and often form lifelong friendships that form the backbone of the school support base.
  • There are no out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. there is no Playgroup Queensland membership fee).
  • Increased understanding of the importance of play and early childhood development and confidence in supporting their child’s social, emotional and cognitive development.

 

Benefits to Schools

  • Playgroups are a proven pathway to building school readiness and facilitate a smooth transition into the early years of schooling. Through play activities children practice their social skills, normalising group interactions, turn taking and responsibility to others.
  • In communities with a large proportion of disaffected families, research has found that facilitated playgroups support the early identification of need among potential enrolments and the development of trusting relationships between parents and the school.

 

Fee Structure

Fees are charged according to school size and cover annual (January–December) family fees for unlimited numbers of families with children from birth-to-five years of age.

School Enrolment

Annual Cost *excluding GST

0-99 students

 $99

100-499 students

$349

500-999 students

$549

1000+ students

$699

Schools pay an annual membership fee based on a tiered structure relevant to overall student enrolment. This covers family membership for all attending playgroup families and in addition schools are provided with the following benefits:

  • Access to two staff dedicated to Playgroups in Schools
  • Playgroup Resource Kit
  • Provide a 1800 Referral and website referral service and Help Line
  • Provide Playgroup Signage
  • Provide organisational access to network meetings and touring speakers
  • Provide online newsletters and articles on early childhood development to all member families
  • Provide member discounts at the playgroup resource shop including toy purchases
  • Licence your school to use the Playgroup Queensland logo and ‘Our Playgroup’ registered name for communications
  • Provide insurance coverage for playgroup activities on site and off site in parks and venues

For further information about Playgroups in Schools please contact Playgroup Queensland on 1800 171 882 or via email.

Download registration form.