St Matthew’s Community Playgroup is an exciting environment for children up to 4 years that meets on Tuesday mornings during school term from 9.30 -11.30am.
Each Tuesday features free play, including a craft activity, followed by morning tea and music time together.
Activities for the children include climbing and balancing equipment, trike riding, painting, colouring, play dough, craft activities, lego, train sets, dolls house, puzzles, sand pit, water play and much more.
A 20 minute music time concludes the morning where the children are encouraged to play percussion instruments and sing along to nursery rhymes (accompanied by a pianist).
Volunteers from the St. Matthew’s church community set up all the equipment and serve morning tea to both the adults and children.
Our aim is for the children to explore and develop many skills outside of what the home environment may provide. We want to support and encourage parents/ caregivers in the vital role that they play in the life of their child/children. Parent evenings and short courses on Christianity are also offered through the year to our playgroup carers and parents.
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14
9.30am Arrive, children have free
playtime (with all the activities) under parental supervision. Adults are served tea and coffee.
10.15am Morning tea followed by free playtime
10:55am Pack away time
11.05am Story and Music time (nursery rhymes accompanied by a pianist)
Members pay a fee of $4 per week (per family) to cover basic costs. Each family is also encouraged to bring along a piece of fruit to be cut up and shared for the children’s morning tea.
There is usually a short waiting list (however don’t let this deter you from making enquiries).
While playgroup is most suited to children from about 1 year of age, we have many babies who come (often as siblings). Babies who may need a morning sleep are welcome to be put down in their prams in the main church (which is usually kept fairly dark and quiet).
Our generous team of volunteers arrive early to set up all the equipment and are then available to help with the care of children, chat with the parents and carers, prepare and serve morning tea and then kindly help to clean up afterwards. Most volunteers are on a rotational week on week off roster. If you would like to become part of the valuable team of volunteers at St Matt’s playgroup we would ask that you are able to complete a Police Clearance and Working with Children Card. Please leave your contact details with the church office or speak to Vanessa Chappell about how to join the team.
A collection of books, CD’s and DVD’s related to parenting, relationships and Christianity are available for loan to the playgroup and church community. The library is housed on the wall in the play dough/ crèche room. If you would like to borrow an item please fill in the card inside the book/ item and then place the card in the ‘Books on Loan Box’. On return of the item please place the card back inside. All items are available for loan for 3 weeks.