Early Education, Play and Social Interaction

Published July 02, 2013

Omata School playgroup extends a warm welcome to all parents in the district to come along and enjoy some fun and games at the weekly group session held in Omata Hall.

The thriving group of toddlers and their mums along with coordinator Rachel spend an hour or so together every Thursday morning with various play equipment and activities set out for the children. Mums (dads and grandparents are very welcome too) get to know each other and the affiliation is often a long term one with the children going on to attend Omata School.

The benefits of attending the playgroup are many. The children become familiar with the school before they attend at five and they make friendships before school making the integration into school much smoother. The play activities are not structured so the children can free range from physical activities to quiet play, water play, craft activities, role play and also enjoy one on one time with mum. The school also offers an early childhood programme where the four year olds in the group get a book bag and every two weeks exchange readers and early literacy activities. It is aimed at making a positive transition into school. In these winter months the hall is heated and is very cosy and when the weather makes it possible outside play is another alternative. At the end of the session morning tea is shared and everyone goes home happy.

The school must be doing something right – the playgroup has been going nearly 20 years! Weekly sessions are 9am every Thursday. For more information contact Rachel Alford on 7511975.