The Save the Children’s new Mobile Playbus created much excitement for youngsters when it came to Tatura’s Mactier Memorial Gardens on Tuesday, in what will be a weekly event.BOB NICOL May 21, 2014 3:25am
Cate Thomas and Maree Chin prepare to serve fruit to youngsters as part of the Save the Children’s Playbus activities in Tatura.
The move from Tatura Caravan Park in late April has provided Tatura Playgroup with more space at the gardens.
Save the Children’s Mobile Playbus now calls Mactier Memorial Gardens home and the new location has proved popular, with at least five families attending the program for 0 to six year olds each week.
‘‘We’ve had a great response from the local community following the move, but we’re keen to get more families involved in this free service,’’ Mobile Playbus team leader Maree Chin told the Guardian last week.
‘‘Our Mobile Playbus program provides quality activities for young children, helping them to reach their full potential.
‘‘Children learn life skills through play and we provide a fun and safe environment with parents joining in the fun.’’
Ms Chin said the playgroup also aimed to increase parents’ confidence to support their children’s development.
She said the supported playgroup was facilitated by two qualified staff, and operated from a specially furnished van stocked with educational toys and resources.
‘‘The program, partly funded by Communities for Children, also puts families in touch with a family worker to help them gain access to other services,’’ she said.
The program runs each Tuesday afternoon efrom 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Mactier Memorial Gardens, Hogan St, Tatura.
Ms Chin said Save the Children had a long history in the Greater Shepparton area.
‘‘The organisation has been operating for more than 50 years in the region, and also runs a Mooroopna Kindergarten,’’ she said.
The Save the Children Mobile Playbus program strives to provide an inclusive environment for children and families to interact in a pleasant outdoor environment.
It provides a program where staff help facilitate family/carer and child interaction and offers educational equipment and activities which stimulate development of children up to six years old, and promotes literacy through book readings and songs.
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