CHILDREN are born ready to learn, and their brains develop through use. They require a stimulating environment with lots of different ways to play and learn and also plenty of chances to practice what they’re learning.
Babies and young children learn best when they have warm, engaged and responsive relationships with their main carers and peers. Lots of time spent playing and interacting with others helps children learn the skills they need for life – like communicating, thinking, problem-solving, moving and being with other people.
School readiness is so crucial to education in later years, so much so that the Victorian Government have introduced School Readiness Funding to help encourage parents to send their children to kindergarten and playgroup.
Playgroups are informal, low cost and gives families and carers the chance to meet other people going through similar experiences and break down the isolation that can come with caring for young children. Families can be gently introduced to community, health and support services while they are at playgroup.
“Participation in playgroups is such a wonderful way for children to increase their school readiness. It gives children early exposure to learning and socialising with their peers, giving them a head start,” The Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell, said.
“School readiness increases the likelihood they will enjoy and succeed at school, with many added benefits to families as a whole.”
With many playgroups in the Greater Shepparton Region, the ability to facilitate your child’s early learning is easily accessible.