Parents get lessons in play and learning

PARENTS at Willawarrin are learning alongside their young children, thanks to activities at the Upper Macleay Preschool.

On Friday, the playgroup which runs weekly at the preschool hosted the visit of Morgan Schatz Blackrose for a free storytelling concert.

She entertained everyone with songs, stories and rhymes as part of the Macleay Valley Communities for Children Plus (MVCCP) project.

The storytelling concerts, which are running at similar facilities right across the shire, are a free library service initiative, run in conjunction with the Benevolent Society and supported by the federal government.

The concerts show parents how to engage toddlers and preschoolers in literacy.

Another MVCCP-funded event will run on Saturday, August 18 at the preschool.

A Bucketful of Ideas will allow parents to spend a morning learning about how to engage their youngsters in play.

It will also feature an afternoon workshop for educators.

Leading the event will be Joy Lubawy, who has been an early childhood educator for more than 30 years, as well as a writer, singer-songwriter, researcher and part-time academic.

Pam Papalii, who runs the preschool, said the workshops would offer everyone involved ideas aplenty for engaging with young children.

A talk on play-based learning from Joy Lubawy would be followed by the choice of one of five workshops from talking, writing and reading; going outside to play; finding music in everything; building blocks from nature; and play dough, Mrs Papalii said.

Each of the workshops will have a different host.

“Parents will be able to bring their children along for the workshops, so they can interact as they learn,” Mrs Papalii said.

“Play is such an essential part of a child’s development and it’s great that Joy will bring her expertise to helping parents engage with their children.”

There will also be childminding available for children up to five years during the keynote address.

An educators' workshop, presented by Mrs Lubawy, will run from 1.30pm and is aimed at those working in the early childhood sector.

To participate in this free event, contact Mrs Papalii on 6567 1491, or email

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