Role of the Facilitator

North Ringwood Playgroup is philosophically and structurally committed to having the presence of a paid, qualified facilitator at all sessions.

Both our facilitators are trained in first aid, have a working with children’s check and successfully completed the Victorian Department of Education and Training course on the updated Child Safe Standards 2015.

The role of the facilitator is to create an engaging and appealing environment in which parents and carers can spend time with their children.

The facilitators role includes setting up equipment, toys and craft activities prior to the session and packing it all away at the end of the day. During the session the facilitator is available to help parents with enquiries, ensure there is always a range of craft materials for children’s use and administer first aid as required. Their role is also an administrative one and includes orientating new members, directing fundraising events and making sure that notices are passed to members from the committee.

Even though the facilitators do the bulk of the work, the parents and children are asked to help tidy up for snack time in the morning session and in the afternoon session to help carry things to the storage areas for the facilitator. The children actually enjoy helping and it teaches them about team work.

Our Committee

North Ringwood Playgroup is a non profit organisation that is run by a committee of volunteers.

Committee for 2022:

President – Guilia Bulled
Vice President –Tam Clifton
Treasurer – Amy Williams
Secretary – Stacey Lumsden
Enrolment Officer 1 – Nicole Parseghian
Fees Officer – Tez Huseyin
Fundraising Officer – TBC
Grants Officer – Megan Renzi
Purchasing Officer – TBC
Maintenance Officer – TBC
Website Officer – Nareeta Singh

Facilitators – Marianela Romito, Rebecca Asquith

All positions are declared open at the AGM in October each year. Being part of the committee is a great way to meet other parents and get involved in making North Ringwood Playgroup a wonderful place.

Bec- Facilitator

Bec is our wonderful facilitator at Thursday and Friday sessions. Bec has two daughters; Makayla who is 4 years old and Maddison who is 19 months old, and they both attend the sessions with her. You will get to know them quite well. Bec’s family have lots of animals which keeps them all very busy! They have 3 horses, 2 dogs, 1 cat and Bec recently rescued a baby bunny (found hiding at playgroup).

Bec has been working with children for over 10 years now. She began her career in childcare then progressed to kinder teaching and eventually ended up as a prep teacher for 5 years. She then taught grade 4 and grade 6 part time before having Maddison. She has been a playgroup facilitator at NRPG for over 2 years now and has enjoyed seeing the children grow up over the years.

Mari – Facilitator

Marianela or Mari as she is affectionately known to our members and children, is our facilitator for the Monday and Tuesday sessions. You will know her through her enthusiastic and positive personality when she greets you at the gate. Mari has a diverse skill set in working with children. She has been a childhood ski instructor, a nanny, a child care Assistant Manager, coordinated the ‘mums, bubs and tots program as a CrossFit Box Manager and has a Certificate of Education Support to be a Teacher Integration Aide.

As a mother of two young preschool aged children herself, Mari knows firsthand how valuable the playgroup experience is for children and their carer’s. With her positive attitude she endeavours to create an environment for equal opportunities where the children and their carer’s feel welcomed, supported and happy.