Lucindale's Playgroup resumes after two-year break

Playgroup: The Lucindale Kindergarten will be running playgroup again next term for the first time in a few years.
Playgroup: The Lucindale Kindergarten will be running playgroup again next term for the first time in a few years.

Lucindale Kindergarten will start a new playgroup program in term four for the first time in a few years.

The program will be run every Friday from 9.30am to 11am during kindy term time at Balharry Memorial Children's Centre, at the same time of the centre's rural care program.

Parents will have the opportunity to bring their children into the learning centre and spend some time mixing with other local children and families, helping them to become familiar with the learning environment before their kindergarten year.

Director Kate Foreman explained that many local families had expressed a need for and an interest in having a playgroup program provided for families who haven't been able to secure a place in the growing Rural Care program, or who were new to the rural area and were looking to meet other young families.

"In just talking to a couple of local mothers it was clear there was quite a few new families to the area with really young children - we thought it might be a good idea to bring the playgroup program back," she said.

"If they are new to the area, it will be a great opportunity for them to meet other families with kids of similar ages."

The program is looking to be well supported, with the help of volunteer coordinators Zoe Smith, Trudy Lane and Casey Weaver.

"Between the four of us we will be able to facilitate the playgroup sessions and it will just be a great chance for families to meet and get to know each other," Ms Foreman said.

"Children will have the opportunity to play in our amazing outdoor space, learn new songs and listen to stories, as well as having the time to develop on their social relationships with other children ,"she said.

Parents are required to stay with their children throughout the day, and COVID-19 social distancing restrictions will be in place.

Each parent must sign in once they arrive and are responsible for their child throughout the playgroup session - parents are encouraged to bring fruit or a healthy snack along, as well as a hat and some sunscreen.

Ms Foreman spoke of how important playgroup will be to help families who are not involved in rural care or kindergarten yet to discover the facilities and get to know staff and other families as well.

"In the not-too-distant future, their children will be here at kindy so it will be wonderful to have them feeling welcomed and comfortable within the centre," she said.