What are Playdates?

Playdates are interactive workshop sessions for you and your child/ren to participate in. You will learn play ideas and gather suggestions that you can further explore and expand on with your children, either at home or Playgroup.

There are four main Playdate session types, along with some others aimed at older children:

Sensory/Messy play / Baby sensory/messy play

At the sensory/messy play playdates you and your child will be able to explore the different textures and consistencies of several different substances. For the babies we use only food based substances. This is a fantastic medium for introducing or reinforcing new words and extending others. You will get messy in this fun session!

 

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Physical Development

Children under five are starting to learn how to use their bodies. Regular physical activity through play not only improves motor skills, muscle and bone strength, it also develops a sense of self confidence and independence. Join us and explore how simple it is to bring more activity and movement into your family life and create positive attitudes towards being active.
Our Birth-Prewalker session focusses on engaging with your baby through movement and using resources easily sourced from home.
Our Walker-5 years session focusses on activities for gross motor skills and demonstrating loose parts play – all with home made resources.

Music & Movement / Baby Music & Movement

Both you and your child will have a great time moving to music, singing action songs, exploring instruments, scarves and more. Music is a fantastic way to develop concentration and confidence, as well as turn taking, language and social skills.  Find out what you can use from your home environment, to make music.

 

 

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Literacy

There are many ways to develop literacy skills.  Tell a story with participation, dramatisation, puppet play and lots of interaction. This session demonstrates several ways of using books, paper, puppets, props and more! We’ll show you how to encourage children to sit and listen, join in, etc.

Maths and Numeracy

(Session for 2-5’s only)
If the very thought of early years maths and numeracy makes you want to run for the hills then fear not, it’s not what you think! We promise there will be no worksheets filled with calculations to complete as we explore some of the many fun ways you can support and extend your child’s interest and develop an understanding of maths and numeracy through play… both at home and at playgroup. Maths and numeracy really are all around us every day. Come along and find out just how much fun it can be!

 

 

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Science and Exploration

(Session for 2-5’s only)
Science is all around. Answer those questions children ask with fun interactive activities. See if you can guess if things will float or sink. Nothing too complicated but certainly exciting, come and take part in some discovery activities as well as a couple of experiments.

 

From time to time we may also offer different sessions not included above.

Playdate sessions are held three times per year during the school holiday breaks in April, July and October. Booking forms for the next lot of Playdates will become available here before each set of sessions, so keep a watch on this page!

The next Playdates sessions will be held in the week of July 9th – 13th 2018 at the Lyons Early Primary School, 38 Tarraleah Cres, Lyons, as below.

Date/Time Monday
9th July
Tuesday
10th July
Wednesday
11th July
Thursday
12th July
Friday
13th July
    9:30 am – 10:15am

Sensory

2-5 years

Physical

Birth-2 years

Baby Literacy

Birth-2 years

Baby Sensory

Birth-2 years

Baby Music

Birth-2 years

10:45 am – 11:30am

Baby Music

Birth-2 years

Physical

2-5 years

Baby Sensory

Birth-2 years

Physical

Birth-2 years

Numeracy

2-5 years

   12.00 pm – 12:45pm

Music

2-5 years

Literacy

2-5 years

Baby Sensory

Birth-2 years

Baby Music

Birth-2 years

Science

2-5 years

 

Note that PlayDates are for ACT Playgroups members only (membership is currently FREE) and bookings cost $5.00 per family per session, payable on the day. Bookings must indicate a first and second preference and are taken on a first come, first served basis and may fill up before the closing date, Thursday 5th July 2018.  If you wish to attend more than one session, please use a new form for each booking or day.

Next PlayDates will be held in the October school holidays.