Families are always welcome. We have a happy welcoming environment for both you and your child/ren, members within our groups often form lasting friendships. Playgroup is a good way to meet new families in similar circumstances a great place for us to watch our children grow and learn to be little social butterflies, and a fantastic place for the parents to have fun and find support.
A session rundown. Children arrive and are free to play with all of the great toys we have set out, if you see something else your child would like to play with in the store room, your more than welcome to grab it out, we also have drawing/painting or craft activities, and do a larger craft activity at least once per term. At around 10.15am we have snack time followed by outdoor activities (weather permitting). We pride ourselves on how the parents chip in and help each other with the tasks for the day, from cutting up snacks to dishes, packing away and vacuuming. "many hands make light work"
BRIEF GWENDOLINE PLAYGROUP HISTORY…
Gwendoline Playgroup formerly known as Fleetwood Playgroup has been running for 24 years. It was initiated by Sister Dorothy Rodway, of the City of Berwick Maternal and Child Health Centre in early 1988 where Gwendoline Playgroup’s (formerly known as Fleetwood Playgroup) first sessions were held in Fleetwood Drive, Narre Warren. As Gwendoline Playgroup’s membership grew it has moved to various premises including Talbingo, Jindalee Preschool, Hallam Recreational Hall and then to our current location, Gwendoline Children’s Centre.
PARENTS AND CHILDREN LOVE GWENDOLINE PLAYGROUP BECAUSE…
Gwendoline Playgroup has a wonderful room at Gwendoline Children's Centre, with fantastic resources both inside and out for the current 27 families to use. Inside is fully carpeted including a wet-area; a storage room full of fun and educational toys, games, books and dress-ups; chairs and tables for both children and their parents; a supplies cupboard stocked with paints and drawing tools. We have a kitchen complete with microwave and coffee/tea making facilities.
Outside is a fully landscaped garden, including large sandpit, paths and grassed areas and a large storage shed full of bikes, climbing frames, sandpit toys and many more fun activities.
Mum’s Groups are welcome at Gwendoline Playgroup . Some of the groups at Gwendoline began as ‘New Mother’s Groups’ with the City of Casey when the first child in each family was a few months old and after a couple of years of weekly get-togethers decided to join a ‘playgroup’. These groups have a wonderful bond, as both the mums and children have known each other for such a long time and most have had second and even third children all attending Gwendoline Playgroup.
WHAT GWENDOLINE PARENTS SAY…
“Our group’s lasting friendships are built on trust, honesty, fun and respect for each other”
“Our children look forward to interacting with their friends each week, strengthening their social development”
“As parents it is exciting to watch our children learn the names and identify their playgroup friends over time”
“We rely on our supportive network of friends to appreciate the highs and lows of parenting each and every week”
WHAT GWENDOLINE KIDS SAY…
“I love playgroup because I love playing with the doll babies and the high chairs for the doll babies”
“I love the sand-pit where my friends play, and the hoola-hoops, and the garden”
“I like doing drawings and making things”
"I like to play chasings with my friends”
Gwendoline Playgroup is a member of Playgroup Victoria, meaning our families get special offers & free copies of the Playgroupermagazine (realeased 3 times a year), have access to online resources, and are able to access low cost, fully comprehensive insurance for protection of our members.