COLOUR FUN: Grandparents and children at Mons Playgroup Centre.
COLOUR FUN: Grandparents and children at Mons Playgroup Centre.

Mons Playgroup event for young and old

JUST over two years ago Michelle Poole had the idea that grandparents who look after their grandchildren while parents are working might want to do it in a playgroup setting.

Michelle works for the not-for-profit Mons Playgroup Centre at Buderim and, as she told Seniors, "We have 10 at the moment and there is room for more."

Michelle said she had looked for ways the Centre could adapt to the changing needs of the local community.

"I did a bit of research and discovered there were grandparents and retired couples living near the centre looking after their grand- children," she said.

"Mons Playgroup is on one acre of land with 200 member families and wonderful facilities.

"To me it made sense to offer what we had to anyone in that position of caring.

"They could come together socially and be a support group as well.

 

Caring hands of young and old at Mons playgroup centre.
Caring hands of young and old at Mons playgroup centre.

"I started putting on local events to give awareness about what Playgroup could give to families.

"We call it the Grand- parents and Carers Playgroup and as well as family members we also have some people coming along who are looking after someone else's children."

The two-hour sessions are held on Wednesdays at 9.30am. Cost is $3 plus membership of Playgroup Queensland.

Michelle said: "The sessions are run by the families themselves and they have the use of the sandpit, cubby house, community garden, plenty of toys, paints and crafts and equipment."

For information call Michelle 5453 4938 or email mpoole @playgroupqld.com.au


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