Each Tuesday morning during school term we offer activities for the children including 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.
Members pay a fee of $35 per term (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.
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).
There is usually a short waiting list (however don’t let this deter you from making enquiries).
During the COVID-19 period of social distancing, we are not running Playgroup, but you can still register to join the list for when we recommence.