The purpose of the Gumboots Supported Playgroup is to improve educational outcomes for all children, with a focus on increasing access to early intervention for children and families. This is achieved through the provision of high quality playgroups in the Upper Yarra region, where children experience a range of educational activities and parents are assisted to support their child’s learning.
The Upper Yarra is a locality with a mix of demographics including townships where significant proportions of families with young children experience low socio economic status and vulnerability. There is a large percentage of developmentally vulnerable children in the Upper Yarra region with many of these children starting school without adequate preparation to reach their full potential.
The 2012 AEDC statistics indicate a significant percentage of developmentally vulnerable children living in the Upper Yarra region. Gumboots supported playgroup has a strong focus on relationships, learning and development which is vital for children as they progress through to preschool and beyond.
Gumboots Supported Playgroup is important because they support children’s growth, development and learning through play. The friendships formed in playgroups strengthen community bonds as they often continue through playgroup, preschool, school and beyond.
Research indicates that investment in the early years is an effective way to improve outcomes for the rest of a person’s life, socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. Playgroup helps to build the capacity of parents, who are children’s first educators, to offer rich learning environments at home and in the community.