The latest Community Health program to support pre-school aged children has proved an instant success with both toddlers and parents.
The Play To Learn program is designed to help children aged 0-5 learn more about their health while they are playing and having fun. It is presented by speech pathologist Kelsey Hamilton, dietitian Ashley Webb, exercise physiologist Britenie Power, occupational therapist Elysia Preston and physiotherapist Daniel Griffin.
The monthly program features games and activities around five language concepts – textures, colours, numbers, sizes and shapes. Each clinician’s activities incorporates their specialty, such as healthy food, motor skills and physical activity.
Parents in the first group thought the program was a wonderful idea and comments included that the children were learning without even realising and that the play aspect had masked the learning side of the program.
Ms Hamilton said she wanted to see the parents become more engaged at the September 12 session.
“The next session will be focused on numbers,” Ms Hamilton said.
“We want to see the parents engage more in the activities because the program actually gives the parents the opportunity to further understand and develop skills in supporting their child’s development,” she said.
“It’s providing them with a unique opportunity really.”
Ms Hamilton reminded parents to bring their Linking Learning Family Rewards card to the sessions. The 10am sessions are free and morning tea is provided.