Each session runs for two hours and is made up of a maximum of 26 children.
Sessions currently running:
- Morning: Monday to Friday 9.15 – 11.15am
Indoor Activities – planned by the Attendant
Morning Tea/Lunch – children sit and eat together
Outside Time – including planned activities, eg. water play (weather permitting)
Group Time – bubbles, story and songs run by the Attendant
What to bring
- A snack and drink for your child
- Sunscreen and hat for you and your child in terms 1 & 4
- You may want to bring a change of clothes for any mishaps, however smocks are provided for messy activities.
- A warm coat in terms 2 & 3 because we still run outdoor activities if it is really cold but not raining.
On a dedicated Baby Mat there is an assortment of toys to amuse and challenge babies and toddlers. Included in this assortment is a larger feature toy that changes each week. A play pen along with a change table and high chair are also available for use. Appropriate outside play spaces and toys are also provided.
On the main mat we have two activities each week. One generally being a role play experience, eg. dress-ups, shopping, kitchen, dolls and trucks. With the other a cognitive activity, eg. mazes, blocks, Duplo, peg hammering sets and more. Our Book Corner will also feature regularly in addition to the other activities.
The attendant runs group time and always begins with music and bubbles. Songs and story time follow but things like the parachute, instruments and dancing can feature. Sometimes the stories are even told with puppets. Ending the session is our good bye song and a special stamp for the children.
Table activities consist of two tables for craft and one for fine motor experiences. The two craft activities are usually one structured like making masks, binoculars, cars, mobiles and shakers with the other unstructured like painting and free collage. Fine motor activities include play dough, threading, magnetic landscape, felt boards and hammering.
Tiny Tots Sessions
From time to time we have enough demand to run babies’ sessions at North Ringwood Playgroup.
These sessions run very similarly to our regular sessions being of the same length and the same structure.
The difference is our baby sessions are specially tailored for the one and two year olds. All programmed activities reflect the abilities and interests of this age group with mat activities chosen to engage this particular age group in cognitive and role playing activities appropriate to their age.
The craft activity is unstructured and with a little assistance even very small children can participate. Craft activities offered include painting, drawing, pasting and the perennial favourite, Playdough.
Our group time is more interactive involving parents and children in songs with actions and dancing to music while our much loved bubble machine adds colour and movement. Group time finishes with a short story guaranteed to engage its young audience.