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Community engagement - Gawler & Dist B-12 Chn Ctr

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Community development program

Playgroups

Parent engagement group

Gawler babywearers group

The Zentangle Zone - art and craft peer support group

My Time - peer support group

Women's wellness space

 

Community Development program

Our community development coordinator is here to provide and coordinate services to cater to yours and your family’s needs. You can find more information about our community development program in our community development program flyer (PDF 73KB), or speak to a member of our staff.

Playgroups

Playgroup is an interactive, fun opportunity for children and parents to play and learn together. Playgroups are usually supported by an early childhood professional who will give support, information and advice about children’s health, learning and development.

All playgroups are free to attend.

 

Carmina Kids Play 2 Learn Playgroup

Our Carmina Kids Play 2 Learn program is a weekly supported playgroup for parents and their children aged 0 to 5 years. We focus on strengthening connections between families and communities, improving early childhood development and parenting skills, and encouraging healthy development and mutual support.

The program includes free play, age-appropriate art and craft activities, outdoor play, story time, snack time, and song time.

These sessions are facilitated by the Save the Children early childhood team and our family support worker.

Times: Friday mornings during term time, 9.30am to 11.30am.

What to bring: please bring your child's sun hat and water bottle.

Additional information

A healthy snack will be provided for your child. All parents and carers are welcome.

A free weight and measure space is also available if you would like to use it.

Baby change and breastfeeding facilities are available.

 

Nunga Family Time Aboriginal Playgroup

This is a relaxed and supportive playgroup for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) families and their children aged 0 to 5 years. It provides the opportunity for families and children to link with other ATSI families and local services. The playgroup is supported by an ATSI early childhood worker and the CaFHS Cultural Consultant will also visit the group on a regular basis.

Times: 12.00 noon to 1.30pm every Friday during term time.

What to bring: please bring your child's sun hat and water bottle.

Additional information

A healthy lunch will be provided for you and your child.

A free weight and measure space is also available if you would like to use it.

Baby change and breastfeeding facilities are available.

 

Bubs and Me Play 2 Learn Infant Playgroup

This playgroup is for new parents and their children aged up to 12 months. You will have the chance to improve your parenting skills while connecting with the other families who attend. Playgroup sessions aim to improve early childhood development and to provide you with support.

These sessions are facilitated by the Save the Children (Play 2 Learn program) family services coordinator and our early childhood worker.

Times: 1.00pm to 3.00pm every Tuesday during term time.

What to bring: please bring a small rug or blanket and any other items you need for your baby.

Additional information

A free weight and measure space is also available if you would like to use it.

Baby change and breastfeeding facilities are available.

 

Saturday Dads and Kids Playtime

Fathers facilitate these monthly sessions to bring fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and carers together, with their children. Community fatherhood volunteers and our community development coordinator support the sessions.

Times: 9.30am to 11.30am on the first Saturday of each month.

What to bring: please bring your child's sun hat and water bottle.

Additional information

A hot, healthy breakfast and fresh fruit are provided for you and your child.

 

Gawler 2 Plus and Us Playgroup

These sessions are a chance for the parents or carers of multiple birth children to come together with their children to connect and play. This playgroup is supported by a Multiple Birth Association volunteer parent coordinator, our family services coordinator, and our community development coordinator.

Times: 9.00am to 10.30am every Tuesday during term time.

What to bring: please bring your children's sun hats and water bottles.

Additional information

We will provide fruit or a healthy snack for your children.

Parent engagement group

You are invited to join our parent engagement group (PEG).

The PEG meets regularly with our community development coordinator to provide feedback about the programs and services we offer. They discuss community concerns and needs, and ideas for new activities, programs, and services. The PEG is a friendly and informal group of passionate parents and carers who support our centre through fundraising and community and social events for families and the community.

Times

The PEG meets for a cuppa and a chat from 9.00am to 10.00am every Wednesday during term time.

What to bring

Your ideas, and a friend!

Additional information

You are welcome to bring your child with you to PEG meetings. PEG parents and carers are a sub-group of our governing council and are welcome to attend governing council meetings at any time.

Gawler babywearers group

This is a community-led support group for parents and carers who want to share and discuss different ways of experiencing attachment and engagement with their babies. All families and children are welcome.

Times

9.00am to 10.30am on the last Monday of each month.

Cost

Free.

What to bring

Any wrapping or baby wearing items or resources you would like to share with the group.

The Zentangle Zone - art and craft peer support group

This is an informal peer-supported art therapy group for parents and carers, facilitated by our community development coordinator. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn art form that lets you create beautiful images using structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal wellbeing.

The Zentangle Zone can give you valuable 'me time', letting you relax, have fun, and create some beautiful images along the way.

Times

7.00pm to 9.00pm every second Friday on odd weeks during term time.

Cost

If you are able to, please bring a gold coin donation to help with the cost of our art and craft resources.

What to bring

Feel free to bring any art and craft or Zentangle projects and resources.

My Time - peer support group

This weekly peer support group is for parents, grandparents and carers of children up to 16 years of age who have a disability, developmental delay, or chronic health condition. We provide you with some time out to relax and socialise, to share ideas with others in situations similar to yours, and to have some fun. Fun activities include massage, manicures, and craft.

The group is facilitated by our CaFHS early childhood intervention consultant and is run in conjunction with the Women's and Children's Hospital and SA Health.

Times

1.00pm to 3.00pm every Monday during term time.

Cost

This program is funded by the Australian Federal Government and is free to all parents and carers. A free crèche is available for children under 5 years.

What to bring

Please bring your child's sun hat, water bottle and any other items they may require (ie change of clothes, spare nappies).

Women’s wellness space

Facilitated by our family services coordinator and community development coordinator, this weekly group provides you with a safe, informal, and relaxed space where you can connect with other women and share your experiences. Activities include art and craft, journal writing, and emotional wellbeing activities.

Times

10.00am to 12.00pm on Monday mornings during school term.

Cost

Free.

Additional information

For more information, please read the women’s wellness space flyer (PDF 260KB).