Our teachers engage children in a variety of fun and stimulating activities to further children’s vital social, emotional, cognitive and physical development in a safe and playful manner.

A typical playgroup session at Malvern Playgroup encompasses the following routine:

  • Set up and welcome
  • Opening circle
  • Guided free play with educational learning activities
  • Story time
  • Guided activities like arts & crafts, music or baby yoga
  • Snack time
  • Sensory play
  • Clean-up and wash hands
  • Closing circle and Goodbye songs

During our Playgroup sessions, children will have opportunities to:

  • look at interesting things such as birds, animals, plants, trees, mobiles, shells, stones, boxes, tubes, mirrors;
  • listen to a range of sounds such as songs, rhymes, jingles, stories, music;
  • touch a variety of objects that are hard, soft, bumpy, smooth, rough, cold;
  • taste a range of flavours such as those in fruit, milk, vegetables, bread;
  • investigate things that open, close, float, sink, twist, turn;
  • explore objects such as large boxes, things that make noises, things that move;
  • experiment with water, sand, clay, paint, glue, dough, crayons;
  • play for uninterrupted periods of time, alone and alongside others, with help from adults, and in their own way;
  • talk to other children and adults and have their efforts rewarded; and
  • watch and observe when they wish, rest and relax from time to time.

There is play and there is play. At Malvern Playgroup, we believe in and promote parent/carer involvement as this does not merely contribute to quality, but is essential if Early Education is to be successful. Adults who encourage and support young children to play are adults who are helping children to learn.