Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Join Fun at Playgroup Open Day; Parents and Kids Can Make New Friends

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Join Fun at Playgroup Open Day; Parents and Kids Can Make New Friends

Article excerpt

Emily Kemp

Reporter

PLAYGROUPS are a great way for stay-at-home mums and dads to get out of the house with the kids in a welcoming and interesting environment.

The Mount Larcom playgroup has been running for about five years and it will hold an open day next Monday for those curious to see what it's like.

Playgroup co-ordinator Samantha Tankard runs the group and said she started it when she had children.

C[pounds sterling]Basically there was nothing around. Mount Larcom did have a playgroup originally but it folded before I had kids. (I) just wanted some interaction and there were all these mums and kids that had no where to go,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]It prompted me to see if anyone was interested and there were a fair few people.C[yen]

Ms Tankard said there were benefits for the parents and children taking part.

C[pounds sterling](The kids) get to interact with the other children. Also most of the time the kids that do come to playgroup end up going to school together, so at least they will know some others,C[yen] she said. …

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