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What is a play group?

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Did you know every experience you've shared with your child today has helped their early learning and development?

They were learning at breakfast, in the car and while playing.

And by talking with your child, or by reading to them right now, you are helping them learn language and literacy.

Ninety per cent of a child's brain development occurs within the first five years.

Find ideas and activities at the Early Years Count website and make your child's early years count.

Authorised by the Queensland Government, Brisbane.

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Playgroups are informal and relaxed weekly get-togethers of mums, dads, grandparents, carers, children and babies.

Babies and young children learn through play and playgroup offers a wide variety of experiences for them to explore.

As a new parent, the first year of your baby's life will be full of learning, excitement, challenges and expectations. Playgroup gives parents and carers the opportunity to meet, share ideas and talk about the joy and challenges of parenting.

Playgroup provides the ideal environment for babies of all ages, including newborns, to interact with adults and children, and learn more about their world. Play at playgroup will build the foundations for a baby's social, emotional and physical development as they take their first steps in lifelong learning.

Baby play is unstructured and allows the baby to explore their world and develop confidence. Baby play is also about experimenting and repeating the practice. Babies are social beings and enjoy meeting other babies.

What are the benefits of playgroup?

Regularly participating in play with other babies can help a child's:

  • physical development: crawling, sitting, rolling and learning to make mouth movements

  • language and literacy development: face-to-face interaction/non-verbal skills

  • sensory development: recognising sounds, their name and tone of voice

  • emotional and social development: recognising objects and people

  • cognitive development: recognising and identifying objects.

Get free membership

The Queensland Government has partnered with Playgroup Queensland to deliver Play Stars.

Under this initiative, a 12 months Playgroup Queensland membership is provided free to families with children under the age of one.

So don't forget to take advantage of this generous offer, before your bub turns one!

Find out more

Contact Playgroup Queensland on 1800 171 882 or visit Playgroup Queensland website for more information on Play Stars, joining playgroup or finding a playgroup near you.

Article courtesy of Playgroup Queensland.

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Last updated 30 October 2020