Playgroups are every Wednesday in term time, with a morning session for children from 0-4 years and a three year old playgroup in the afternoon. Parents and caregivers must remain with their child for the whole time during playgroup. Younger siblings may also attend.
Held in the Early Learning Centre (Kindy room), our playgroup sessions offer children the space to socialise and learn through indoor and outdoor play.
There is a one-off fee of $35 for attendance at either playgroup, which covers membership of Playgroup WA. The three year old programme also has a yearly payment of $50, for administration costs and for the supply of a special three year old playgroup t-shirt.
Little Gumnuts playgroup (0-4 years) – 8.50am to 10.20am
Little Gumnuts is a great way for children to interact with others in a fun and safe environment, while parents get the chance to meet other families and make connections with the school environment.
The playgroup follows the community/family run model and works in conjunction with Playgroup WA to offer many benefits:
- Gaining information about child development
- Gaining information about school readiness and school transition
- Developing relationships and networking with other local families
- Learning about Helena College
Our Kindergarten teacher, Kate Barclay provides the connection between the playgroup and the College. Mrs Barclay is also available during the sessions, bringing her knowledge of early childhood development, and, on occasions, presenting education sessions.
Three year old playgroup – 12pm to 2.30pm
Our three year old playgroup is a high quality, play-based programme run under the guidance of our experienced Early Childhood teacher, Kate Barclay.
The importance of a three-year-old programme
Parent-toddler playgroups are not only a lot of fun for all involved, they are also a valuable way for children to be involved in the social interaction that will help smooth their way into more formal learning at school.
Our three year old programme offers an opportunity to continue the play-based experiences of the early years playgroups as well as introducing children to the kind of experiences they will encounter when they enter school.
This afternoon playgroup includes time for lunch, outside activities and free play in our unique big backyard.
As well, parents will have the chance to learn more about how to best support their child’s learning, both during this year and beyond. The playgroup is also the chance for parents and caregivers to share their experiences and knowledge with each other, in a supportive and collaborative environment.