Attention Parents: New Study Reveals the Benefits of Playgroups for Your Child’s Development

Australian children who attend ‘Playgroups’ are more likely to be developmentally on track

Recent research highlights the significant impact playgroups can have on your child’s development, showing that children who attend playgroups are much more likely to be on track developmentally when they start primary school.

The study, titled “Playgroups post-pandemic,” sheds light on the importance of prioritising play within the playgroup environment. It found that children who participate in playgroups not only gain protection against developmental vulnerabilities but also gain an advantage in various developmental domains, including physical health, social skills, emotional maturity, language and cognitive abilities, and general knowledge.

According to Professor Sally Brinkman from the University of South Australia, the first 1000 days of a child’s life are crucial for laying the foundation for lifelong development. Attending playgroups significantly increases a child’s chances of excelling across these critical areas, setting them up for success as they enter school.

Moreover, playgroups offer benefits to children and families from all backgrounds, regardless of income level or location. With a presence in the Australian early years’ ecosystem for fifty years, playgroups serve as a gateway to a supportive community, fostering social connections and networks that are invaluable for both children and parents.

As parents, it’s understandable that you face numerous challenges, from juggling work to managing family life. However, investing time in play is essential for your child’s overall health and well-being. Recognising the seriousness of play in children’s lives, there is a call to action for families to engage with playgroups during these crucial early years.

Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth highlights the government’s commitment to supporting families through initiatives like playgroups. With significant investments, including $12.4 million into playgroups and toy libraries, the government aims to create more opportunities for children and families to bond and learn through play.

Play is not just fun and games; it’s a vital component of your child’s development. By joining a playgroup, you’re not only providing your child with valuable learning experiences but also connecting with a supportive community that can help you navigate the journey of parenthood. Let’s prioritise play and give our children the best start in life.

Find your closest group here: Playgroup Australia