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National Playgroup Week 2011 March 20-26

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Just wanted to forward the media release from Playgroup Australia about what is happening with National Playgroup Week for this year.






Thousands of youngsters will be busy at play next week at community events across Australia during National Playgroup Week 2011.




While their older siblings attend school, the children, their parents and carers, will join in the fun at activities planned by local community Playgroups, and State and Territory Playgroup Associations.




World’s Biggest Playgroups will be held on Wednesday in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and regional centres, there will be a Children’s Festival in Brisbane, and Playgroup @ the Zoo in Adelaide. Other events include teddy bear’s picnics, gatherings in parks, messy play days and live performances.




This year’s theme of “Learning Together through Play” recognises the ways in which young children learn and develop together through play, and highlights the role of the parent as a child’s first educator.




Playgroup Australia Chief Executive Officer Karen Merange said although there was a serious message to be delivered around the benefits of play for the child and their relationship with their parents, National Playgroup Week was also one big excuse to play.




“The State and Territory Playgroup Associations and their member Playgroups have gone all out to make the most of the week,” said Ms Merange.




“Hours of planning have gone into events that will be enjoyed by current Playgroup families, as well as many others who will come along for a good day out with their kids and leave with more knowledge of Playgroup.”




Ms Merange said the Community Playgroup network was a core part of life for thousands of families with young children and around 8,300 Playgroups met weekly around the country.




National Playgroup Week was launched yesterday by Playgroup Australia in conjunction with a Playgroup Queensland “Time Out Tuesday” event at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Cooth-tha.




These special Playgroups were established in response to Queensland’s recent natural disasters. Some Playgroups lost access to their regular venues, and many families suffered loss and damage to their homes.




Ms Merange said the value of Playgroup to provide a consistent and familiar routine for children during a time of significant change, as well as offering an understanding and sympathetic support network for parents, was beautifully demonstrated by the "Time Out Tuesday" activities.




For your local National Playgroup Week event visit www.playgroupaustralia/npw or call 1800 171 882.



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