Playgroups courses for kids
There are many types of playgroups for the early learner from newborn baby and mum coffee meetups to playgroups that focus on exposure to music, a specific language, a particular teaching methodology such as Montessori or Reggio Emilia, or movement.
Playgroups for the 0-12 month age category are often enrichment play-based which means they encourage sensory and exploratory play that helps a bub to touch and experience things for themselves. They also usually have movement activities that develop fine and gross motor skills in order to prepare babies for sitting, standing and walking.
Playgroups for the 12-24 month age category usually focus on extending the fine and gross motor skill development now that little ones will be stretching their legs and more engrossed by arts and craft activities. Musical movement can be used to add to the fun and to strengthen core muscles.
Playgroups for 24 months and older are similarly exploratory and inquiry-based, designed to build independence and self-confidence. Logical thinking skills can be fostered through activities that involve recognizing colours, shapes, sounds and textures. Early maths and science concepts can be grasped through sorting and classification activities, playing with blocks and simple counting games. Motor skill development is still important at this age as a precursor to being able to hold a pen and write. The ability to follow instructions can also be further developed and socially acceptable behaviour encouraged. These playgroups are often key for helping a child prepare for school interviews and make a smooth transition into a kindergarten.
The benefits of playgroups for children include
- enhancing cognitive development
- improving social skills and communication
- increasing engagement levels and confidence
- enhancing feeling identification and emotional development
- more developed fine and gross motor skills
- improving adaptability and resiliency and enhanced school preparedness