Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ:

A playgroup is a group of parents, caregivers and extended family who come together with their babies and young children to learn together through play. Playgroups are a great way for your kids to interact with other children in a fun and safe environment, while giving you the opportunity to interact with other parents.

Playgroups provide a supportive environment for children and their family or carer. There is a sense of belonging to the community, opportunities to form friendships and share ideas and information.

While at playgroup, children have the opportunity to learn through play and develop social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills in a safe and stimulating environment. They are also a lot of fun for children as they learn through play and interact with other children and adults. Importantly, playgroup also provides the opportunity for parents and children to play together, which is critical to children’s healthy development. By creating a space where parents and caregivers have the opportunity to spend time with their children, playgroups can enhance relationships through play.

Your annual, family Playgroup WA membership covers children aged 0-5 and their parents, foster carers, grandparents, aunties and uncles, nannies … everyone and anyone interested in the well-being and care of the young child(ren).

  • Playgroups are safe and nurturing environment where children can play and learn
  • Enhance healthy early brain development through play
  • Opportunities for children to create, invent, reason and problem solve
  • Opportunities to build attachment between adults and children as they play together, and share time and experiences
  • Learn social skills as they negotiate with peers, resolve conflict, take turns, share and make friends
  • Build resilience to enable them to cope with new situations and manage stress and adapt to change
  • A space where families can create their own locally based friends and social networks
  • A place where parents and caregivers can support each other through sharing ideas, parenting experiences, concerns and information
  • Build family capacity through peer support
  • A place where families can build long-term friendships as their children grow and transition to school
  • An affordable and regular opportunities for families to enjoy a shared outing
  • Playgroup is fun! There are many and varied activities, new children to play with and group activities your children may not experience at home

Due to some of our members being anaphylactic to various foods (in particular nuts and egg), please ensure these items are NOT bought to playgroup and your child’s hands/mouth/face has been cleaned thoroughly after eating them and before coming to playgroup to avoid cross contamination.  

Smoking is strictly prohibited at the centre grounds at all times.

The City of Wanneroo hire this room for other activities and request that the room is left in the same condition as it was found. Member of each session are responsible for setting up and packing away.

Please ensure that you place mats under the table when setting up (rubber mats are located in store room) – this protects the carpet from food/drink or art/craft spills and stains. The key for the kitchen cupboard hangs in the storeroom.

On leaving, please ensure:

  • All toys are returned to the storeroom, in their labelled boxes in their designated and labelled location in the storeroom.
  • All doors out to the hallway where the toilets are are locked, as well as the front door if the Child Health Nurse is not in her office. 
  • All little chairs and tables and packed back into our storeroom and large chairs/tables go in the cupboard near the doors to the outside area.
  • All paints/craft materials/pots have been cleaned, dried and returned to the art cupboard.
  • Tea towels are taken home with you for washing after your session.
  • The oven switch on the wall near the oven is turned off. Unfortunately, the oven knobs are far too easy to have accidentally turned on, so this is an extra precaution we can take.

Once a term there will be a Committee meeting, where all members are welcomed and encouraged to attend to discuss the happenings of our Playgroup. At the AGM, all current committee members will stand down from their positions for a new committee to be voted in. If you would like to join our committee, please contact us for further information.

Every year, Landsdale Gardens Playgroup puts on a great party for all of our members and their families.  We provide a gift for each financial member and will take a vote closer to the time as to where and when the event will be held.  The Christmas Party is generally scheduled for late November/early December.

Inside our storeroom, we have a whiteboard allocated for recording wish list items or items that need replenishing. Please record resources you wish to see at our playgroup and we will do our very best to accommodate your requests.

Sun protection, a labelled drink bottle and a piece of fruit or equivalent healthy snack (1 piece or serve per child) to share for morning tea.

Simple, comfortable, easy to manage and easily washable clothes are best.

If your child is unwell for 24 hours prior to Playgroup please do not attend.  Remember, that playgroup includes many pregnant mothers and young babies, so your consideration of these matters is very important. Parents need to read the following carefully and take special care when returning to Playgroup after an illness of any sort.

Under State Regulations the Playgroup is not permitted to accept any child suffering from the following symptoms without medical consent:

  • Ear/eye discharge or severe nasal discharge
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abnormally high temperatures
  • Head Lice
  • Infectious sores such as ringworm, cold sores and scabies
  • Infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, chicken pox, German measles, hepatitis A, whooping cough

Our playgroup encourages the immunisation of all children and reminds parents that their children are at greater risk of infection if they are not immunised.

In order to fund all of the wonderful toys, craft supplies, events and activities that we do, we need to fundraise!  We welcome any fundraising ideas or activities that you have or have been involved in previously, and any donations to raise funds for our playgroup will also be greatly appreciated.

As part of your enrolment, it is expected that all members will support our fundraising events – many hands make light work! We understand that life with children is busy and you may not be able to commit to a fundraising activity. However, to be fair to all members, we ask families that cannot support our activities to make a contribution in the form of a goods or financial donation, for example, donate sauce or drinks for the sausage sizzle.

Fundraising initiatives will be promoted well in advance via our Facebook page, email and group trays, and will generally take place at least twice a year.

Once a term, we hold a toy clean on a weekday evening.  Each group will only be responsible for attending one toy clean a year but we expect as many members as possible to attend on your allocated date. We make this a fun event by providing nibbles, drinks and music and encourage you all to join in.  This is a very important part of our playgroup and keeps our toys hygienic and in good condition.

All parents and caregivers attending playgroup MUST sign in and out of the attendance register in your group’s folder. This is for insurance purposes. Please also record attendance of any visitors to your playgroup session on the Attendance Register in your group’s folder. This is for insurance purposes and includes prospective member’s trialing your playgroup session as well as family or friends that visit.

If you are unable to attend a session, please let your group leader know. If you are away for 3 weeks with no contact, your place may be offered to another family wanting to join. Please be aware your fees will not be refunded for the sessions you miss.

Yours and your child/ren’s safety is a priority. We ask that parents actively supervise their children and keep their time on mobile devices to a minimum. There is a First Aid kit located in the kitchen and storeroom (on top of the cupboard where the whiteboard is).  Please inform your Group Leader when supplies are running low.

If an incident does occur, please record details on an Incident Report Form which are located in the storeroom near the group folders. Once completed please ensure you notify either the President or Secretary of the incident so the completed form can be forwarded to Playgroup WA promptly.