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Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

New resources for Tasmanian playgroups

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today launched a resource pack to help newly established and existing playgroups across Tasmania with start-up material and equipment.

“The Australian Government provides more than $64,000 each year to playgroups in Tasmania. This year we have provided an extra $10,000 for these new equipment and resource kits.

“The starter kits have a set of activity ideas and plans, as well as materials such as paint, paint pots and brushes, paper, glue and safe scissors. The resource packs also have activity cards, videos and a poster to assist playgroups plan and organise their sessions.

“Playgroups are unique organisations where parents and children under school age meet once or twice a week, with activities focussing on interactive play and socialising for both children and parents.

“Children are able to play and develop their social skills through interaction with other children while their parents or carers have the opportunity to get together and relax over a cup of tea or coffee and share their parenting experiences.

“There are currently more than 3,000 children attending playgroups around Tasmania and I’m sure these families are delighted with the fun activities and friends they make at these gatherings.

“Playgroups will play an important part in the Australian Government’s development of a National Agenda for Early Childhood. The Government is committed to building and strengthening families to ensure children have positive experiences in their early years and playgroups have a strong role in this,” Mr Anthony said.

For more information about playgroups, call (03) 6228 0362.