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What is a quality playgroup?

14 October 2009 No Comment

The following criteria can be used to evaluate the quality of a playgroup.  If you run a playgroup, consider how well your playgroup fulfills these criteria.

  • PlaygroupClear, informative signage
  • Welcoming and inclusive
  • Safe environment – clean, well-maintained, well fenced, safe storage
  • Child-protection policy
  • Special needs accommodated
  • Membership information, costs, requirements including insurance and policies are clearly explained
  • Privacy of information respected
  • Managed responsibly, either an individual coordinator or team, paid or voluntary
  • Invites and values feedback
  • Encourages participation
  • Information about other family services available
  • Range of play experiences provided
  • Good quality toys and equipment
  • Clean toilet with nappy change table and provision for disposal of soiled nappies
  • Safe food handling practices
  • Encourages healthy food choices – fruit for morning tea
  • Offers choice of beverages for parents
  • Risk management in place e.g. Emergency Evacuation Plan & First Aid box available, screening for volunteers, limit on numbers
  • Commitment to play-based learning
  • Sun safe policy regarding wearing of hats and sunscreen

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