After celebrating two years of weekly playgroup in October, The Plunkett Street Community Project* plans to introduce new creative activities, singing and other types of fun activities in the New Year.
We're delighted that local families and their children have responded with enthusiasm to the playgroup, and are engaging with Lou's Place and Plunkett Street Public School.
We've begun to collect more data to help us reflect on the impact of the playgroup. Our project team has developed a system of measurement tools to enable us to do this.
Our aim is to continue to support local children in their transition to school and in some cases to support early entry into pre-school.
We'll also continue to identify children who would benefit from intervention support and determine how best to deliver it.
In 2016 we're looking to set up a weekly clinic at Lou's Place, offering families from the playgroup access to a developmental paediatrician and a child psychologist. The services will be provided through the Medicare system.
Our Plunkett Street Community Project team members include Family Psycotherapist, Judith; Early Childhood Teacher, Kelly'and our new Case Worker, Liz, who provides outreach case work support to the mothers as required. We've set up a small team of volunteers to prepare food for the playgroup in the Lou's Place kitchen each Thursday.
* The Plunkett Street Community Project aims to engage and support families from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds in the local Woolloomooloo area. A joint venture between Lou's Place and Plunkett Street Public School, its central activity is the Plunkett Street Playgroup.
Below, playgroup fun.