Member for Kiama Gareth Ward is encouraging local residents and community organisations to support and celebrate National Playgroup Week from Monday 18th March to Sunday 24th March 2024.

Mr Ward said that our local playgroups play a critical role for local families in preparing children for success at school. 

“Giving children the skills and confidence to be engaged and happy at school is critical and National Playgroup Week 2024 is a great opportunity to highlight the wonderful activities of playgroups right across the Kiama electorate and across our region.

“Our local playgroups also support and further encourage these skills – and they help our local parents and carers to thrive as well.  

“We know that statistically, one in three Australian children attend a playgroup before they start school. Children of all backgrounds and abilities need the strong foundation for learning that our local playgroups provide,” Mr Ward said.

Across the Kiama electorate, there are a number of active playgroups including:

  • Kiama Baby Playgroup – Monday mornings during school terms at Kiama Anglican Church, 2 Terralong Street, Kiama NSW 2533 – from 10am to 12pm.
  • Bomaderry Playgroup – 10:00am – 12:00pm every second Thursday at Bomaderry Uniting Church, corner of Karowa and Bunberra Streets, Bomaderry NSW 2541 – No cost - Just please bring a piece of fruit to share.
  • Junior Jivers – 0-5 years Playgroup – which is a church run playgroup, meeting from 10.00am – 12.00pm – each Thursday morning at All Saints Albion Park Anglican Church, 253 Tongarra Road, Albion Park NSW 2527.
  • Berry Playgroup – 9:30am every Friday morning at Berry Community Church, 8 Schofield Lane, Berry NSW 2535.
  • Cambewarra Playgroup – 10:30am every Wednesday at Cambewarra School of Arts Hall, Main Road, Cambewarra NSW 2540.
  • North Nowra Playgroup – 10:00am every Thursday morning at North Nowra Community Centre, Hood Close, North Nowra 2541.
  • Shoalhaven Heads Playgroup – 9:30am every Tuesday morning at Shoalhaven Heads Community Centre, Shoalhaven Heads Road, Shoalhaven Heads NSW 2535.
  • Bomaderry/Nowra TAFE Playgroup – 9:30am – 11:30am every Wednesday morning and Friday morning during school term at Bomaderry/Nowra TAFE – $4 per child, $6 for 2 children. 60 Beinda Street, Bomaderry NSW 2541.

National Playgroup Week 2024 is all about celebrating and promoting the benefits of playgroups for children, families and our local communities. 

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