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What goes into setting up a playgroup

Setting up a playgroup sets up a whole new community for both parents and their children. Playgroups are similar to childcare centres in how they operate, but they’re known for having a less formal setting. If you’re thinking about setting up a playgroup of your own, here’s what you need to do.

 

  • Do your research

If you’re setting up a playgroup, check if there’s another one (or more than one) close by that presents competition. Another angle to approach is a speciality playgroup. Some children can have difficulties thanks to disabilities, coming from a disadvantaged background, and a myriad of other reasons. If you’re looking into creating a group aimed at families with special needs, you might be eligible for government assistance.

 

  • Find a venue

You can hold community playgroup meets at member’s houses, but they mightn’t have the right facilities as the group grows.

Look at venues available for hire on a regular basis like council halls and community centres. When setting up a playgroup, you need a space with:

  • Areas for indoor and outdoor play
  • A kitchen
  • Restrooms
  • Parking spaces or close to public transport
  • Low or manageable rent

 

  • Make a schedule

Playgroups have a schedule of their day planned in advance that gives children the chance to play, and the adults time to relax.

Playgroups normally meet for a few hours. This includes time for structured and free play, meals, and clean-up.

 

  • Make a list of fees

You’ll need to charge fees so that you can pay for venue hire and equipment. Parents might pitch in with snacks, but fees can also cover some amount of catering.

 

  • Find families

Where there’s a gap in the market, people are looking for something to fill it. If you’re setting up a playgroup for families with special needs, it’ll provide much-needed respite and an opportunity to socialise.

Advertise your group on community sites and social media. You can post paper notices on community boards found in parks, churches and local schools.

 

  • Source equipment

Playgroups need items to play with, and the venues you use mightn’t have anything available. Facilitators can go to childcare equipment providers, like Kinder Design, for the necessary materials. You need something that’s durable and meets all safety guidelines.

 

  • Register your playgroup

Playgroup Queensland is the place to register your group so other families can find you. Membership benefits include access to comprehensive insurance, an essential in case of accidents, injuries, or materials breaking.

 

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How to organise your child care furniture

Organising your child care furniture is a good way to keep certain areas separate. Under the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), child care centres and preschools promote play-based learning. Its outcomes include children developing into effective communicators and engaged learners. They can do this anywhere, but having an organised environment definitely helps.

 

When you’re planning out the interior, you want room for the kids to move but not to run. It’s good they’ve got energy to spare, but not in an enclosed environment. People run into things, tip things over, and get injured. Lay out a play mat so there’s room for ‘creative arts’ like singing and dancing; enough standing room for the kids, but not too large for them to run and hurt themselves.

 

Arranging your child care furniture creates boundaries the kids must follow. It’s ideal to make space for quiet reading, for arts and crafts, right through to creative and role play. Some tables and chairs make the arts and crafts area; a book cubby with some mats and soft foam seats create the reading space. It’s important to have various but useful resources available in one space, a reading area needs books of different genres and types (picture, full text, fiction, and nonfiction, for example).

 

Kids will sit in these places alone if they want, but it’s common for them to make small groups among themselves. The EYLF says small group play allows kids to voice their own opinions while respecting those of others and make personal connections easily. Child care centres are environments where children make friends in a cubby, a sandpit, or during play time in general.

 

Organising your child care furniture a certain way serves a dual purpose. Centre owners segregate areas so they serve a certain purpose and children learn the importance of boundaries. They don’t take their paints from arts and crafts into the reading area, and they know to walk, not run, because there’s no room for it.