Dads at Play

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

From birth to preschool, much of a child’s learning is achieved through play.

Play isn’t just about having fun, according to Ngala – Parenting with confidence, playing with your baby is one of the best ways you can get to know each other and for your baby to learn about themselves and the world in which they live.

Playing with children, helps to build their imagination, promotes social skills, assists physical development and helps them to understand emotions. And when it comes to play, the role of a father is crucial in providing a child with a safe, secure and stable environment to develop.

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What's on the Shelf?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Do the books you read with your children contain themes relevant to their environment?

There’s a lot to be said about the benefits of reading with children and research from the Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University shows that a vocabulary-rich environment in the early years makes a lifelong difference for educational opportunities. The research states that differences in the size of children’s vocabulary first appear at 18 months of age. By the time Children reach school, those who are engaged in a language-rich environment develop a vocabulary 2 to 3 times larger than those who are not.

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The Art of Storytelling

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world". - Philip Pullman

Storytelling is a fascinating, ancient art. The origins of storytelling are many thousands of years old, spanning many cultures and generations.

However and wherever stories are told, whether snuggled up with a book at bedtime, around a campfire or even across the table at Christmas lunch, there is one enduring reason for storytelling - connection and communication.

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Playgroups Positive Impact

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Research shows Playgroups play an important role in children’s development.

Much has been written about the importance of play for children’s development. In fact, play is considered so important for childhood development that it has been recognised by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a basic right of every child.  In today’s world however, we see children engaging in much less play with other children than previous generations. There are a number of reasons why we think this might be happening. Pressures on families are changing due to increased working hours, changes to neighbourhoods make it less inviting for children to meet and mingle, there is less available outdoor play space, there is an increased focus on early literacy and numeracy, and increases in passive entertainment through toys and entertainment devices for children are overwhelming. 

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Crafting Confidence in Children

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It’s the process not the end result of craft that aids children’s development and confidence in a range of key developmental milestones. Here’s why we think craft is important for children and why we encourage Playgroups to offer craft.

How many families out there have a fridge over flowing with ‘craft creations’?  How many of us at the end of Playgroup take home an extra bag of spaceships and glittery creations? So, is there a point to Playgroups offering varied craft activities each week?

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