The Birali Playgroup is a special place where our Playgroup Leader, Lily Love, guides the morning through a nurturing program inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s indications for very young children.
The aim of our playgroup is to create a homelike space of warmth and goodness for children where they can learn holistically from play, as well welcome parents and caregivers to make valuable social connections to the local community.
Careful consideration is given to the therapeutic environment to protect and nourish a child’s developing body and senses, with such things as the choice of soothing colours, natural textures and hands-on activities.
Our mornings begin with the children given the time and space to engage in unstructured, self-directed play with open ended materials, while parents busy their own hands with simple crafts or enjoy a cup of tea.
While their parents are nearby, children engage in songs during circle time, followed by organic bread baking, into a shared fruit break, finishing with storytelling.
This rhythm is repeated each session encouraging a sense of security and joy-filled expectancy for the children. There is also a seasonal celebration at the end of each term.
It is highly recommended families attend our playgroup program for a gentle transition into our Birali Pre-School, to both familiarise children with similar routines, and for parents to learn the fundamentals of how to best support their child’s development from home.