Our Playgroups are open for all children 9 months to 2.5 years of age. We limited the number each day to ensure time with the teacher. The Playgroups are facilitated by our teaching staff in English on Thursdays!
We hold playgroups most weeks on Thursdays 10am- 11.15am
Price: 450B (Bambi members 225B) – Includes a snack and milk.
(BAMBI – also holds a playgroup in our School on Friday AM. Please see their website or contact them directly – www.bambiweb.org )
WHAT DO WE DO IN PLAYGROUP?
At every First Steps playgroup we have a weekly special activity which varies dramatically from week to week. (Schedule below) Every day we conduct a circle time where we introduce ourselves and the activities prepared by the teacher which is full of songs and interaction between mother, child and the teacher. The children will then explore fun-filled educational activities in the class room. As well as time in the grass garden & sand pit areas. Healthy snacks are also served during the 1 hour and 15 minute session.
HOW CHILDREN LEARN IN PLAYGROUPS?
As well as being a support outlet for mothers, playgroups also offer children the opportunity to develop their socialization and language skills. Through playgroups, children learn to share, take turns, and understand the importance of language and communication. At home, parents learn what their child wants and needs through body language, trial and error, and intuition, but in playgroups children are dealing with one another and must “tell” each other what they want if they want their needs to be met. Many of the socialization skills acquired in playgroups fall under the category of pragmatic language.
Through group playing children learn “how to use language (both verbal and nonverbal) and the social norms of communication, including eye contact, focusing on a topic, reading body language, and allowing personal body space.” Infant playgroups allow your new baby to begin the important process of socialization and spending time with people outside of family. These life skills are all essential, particularly for moms going back into the work force and toddlers entering and International School.
An informal and relaxed structure is used to promote the development of trust and rapport between parents, staff and education providers, as well as a great socialization opportunity for new moms.