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A fun learning program for toddlers is set to begin in Hopetoun.

Play To Learn is a unique program that teaches children about their health in a fun environment with lots of play. The program is presented by Rural Northwest Health clinicians including speech pathologist Kelsey Hamilton, dietitian Ilana Jorgensen, occupational therapist Elysia Preston and physiotherapist Brett Boyle.

The team developed the program to provide a fun learning platform for the region’s young families. It gives children aged up to five years a fun environment with lots of play activities, exposing them to concepts around health development and language. Additionally the program will give parents the opportunity to further understand and develop skills in supporting their child’s development.

The program will include games and activities around five language concepts – texture, colour, numbers, sizes and shapes.

Each clinician’s activities will incorporate their specialty, such as healthy food, motor skills and physical activity.

Ms Hamilton said the team wanted to help families understand about their children’s health development but make it a fun experience.

“With children it’s all about playing and having fun but there is an opportunity to promote good health and language development,” she said.

“There will be five one-hour sessions and we are hoping they can come along to all of them.”

Ms Hamilton said the program was a great success in Warracknabeal last year.

“We were pleased with the response in Warracknabeal so now it’s Hopetoun’s chance to take advantage of the concept,” she said.

The Play to Learn program starts on Monday at Hopetoun P-12 College and will continue there each Monday until August 14.

Each session will be from 9.30-10.30am and morning tea is provided. The program is free and is a Linking Learning – Family Rewards event.

For further enquiries phone the Community Health team on 5396 1200.

 

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