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Welcome to Forest Friends Playgroup


Discover the magic of play!

Explore, Play, Learn, Grow

When:    9am – 10.30am Mondays Week 2 - Week 9 during each school term.

Where:  Music Room and The Forest area at St Catherine’s School.

Our program offers a variety of structured and unstructured play experiences allowing your child to discover,explore and learn.  Our "forest" provides a beautiful space for outdoor play activities so your little one can experience the physical, emotional and social benefits that promote health and wellbeing, along with developing a connection with nature.

Our Playgroup is based on the SPICE program (Supported Playgroups in Catholic Education). We aim to provide families with a welcoming, inclusive Playgroup that allows both children and parents to become involved in our community and connect with others.  A theme will be incorporated into the session that will allow the children to explore something different each week.

Playgroup supports development in the areas of:

  • Whole body motor skills- climbing, jumping, balancing, carrying
  • Hand skills – feeling, banging, collecting
  • Fine motor skills – cutting, gluing, sticking, sorting
  • Communication/social skills – naming, negotiating, describing, telling stories
  • Play skills – exploring, pretending, engaging with the environment
  • Sensory skills – feeling, exploring, smelling, listening, looking
  • Problem solving skills – trialling and experimenting

Playgroup follows the following routine:

9:00 am        Free play. Settle in inside
9:15 am         Free play outside
9:55 am        Wash hands and sit down
10:10 am       Eat fruit
10:20 am      Songs and Story
10:30 am      Pack up /home time

Please pack some fruit for your child. We aim to be outside when the weather is suitable. Please wear appropriate clothes and bring gumboots and raincoats as it can sometimes be muddy and damp. The fees are $20 per term per family.

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