Supported playgroups can provide engaging, educational and fun healthy eating and active play activities at the group session and also encourage carers/families to practice healthy eating and active play at home. Playgroup facilitators can access free resources to help their families to eat healthy food and participate in active play.
What is a supported playgroup?
Supported Playgroups provide a structured and positive learning environment for parents and children (aged 0-5) who would not normally access a playgroup, to increase their skills and confidence, and to develop valuable social and family support networks. Supported Playgroups usually meet once a week for two hours and are facilitated by a trained early childhood worker. The Supported Playgroup Coordinator may also assist parents by providing parenting information and referrals to other health and community services.
Resources for supported playgroups
Healthy Kids hosts resources on guidelines, information and fun activities for parents/carers and playgroups, who want to support children to eat healthy food and participate in active play, including:
- Activity ideas for families
- Activity ideas for group facilitators
- Healthy eating and active play guidelines for parents/carers
- Healthy eating and active play guidelines for auspice organisations and playgroups
The resources are also suitable for other groups where parents/carers and young children attend together.
For further information
For help in supporting families to eat healthy food and participate in active play at playgroup, contact Population Health at Southern NSW Local Health District.