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.

Nature & Loose Parts

Nature and loose part play is important part of play for all.

Nature play is any activity that gets children active or thinking actively outdoors, with the end goal of building skills and ability to play without the need for parental or adult control.

Loose part play allows for Open-ended play with materials for children to make choices, express their creativity and support their independence.

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

Playdate sessions are held three times per year during the school holidays in April, July and October. The next Playdates sessions will be held in the week of 11th till 17th July 2019.  

Location of sessions:                                                                                        Thursday and Friday Playdate sessions to be held at 9 Gatty Street, Scullin  Monday to Wednesday Playdate session to be held at Mawson Pl, Mawson

Date/Time Thursday
11th July
Friday
12th July 
Monday 15th July Tuesday
16th July 
Wednesday
17th July
    9:30 am – 10:30 am

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   12.15 pm – 1:15 pm

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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, Tuesday 9th July 2019.  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 2019 school holidays.