That the House:—
(1) Notes that:—
(a) National Playgroup Week was held from the 20 to 26 March 2016, with many “World’s Biggest Playgroup Day” events held around the Country; and
(b) National Playgroup Week is an annual celebration of playgroups and play and that State branches of Playgroup Australia host many free, fun-filled events designed to encourage pre-school aged children, as well as babies and toddlers, to learn through play.
(a) the importance of playgroups in promoting a positive transition for children to primary school education; and
(b) that the playgroup environment is important not only to the children, but also parents and carers, in developing links for adults with their children and their community.
(a) that not all families are the same and that some parents and carers may struggle to engage or participate in aiding their children to transition to school, and that playgroups provide a space for adults to increase their parental knowledge, join social networks and access resources and information;
(b) that playgroups foster an environment where the early learning and development of children can be improved; where a child’s readiness for school is increased; and to give support to families to provide positive early developmental experiences for their children; and
(c) the importance of play-based learning for pre-school aged children, and that by allowing children to do what they do best, playing, the early learning momentum can be harnessed and help to provide positive ‘real world’ experiences for them to draw on and support them throughout their education.
(4) Calls on the Minister for Education and Training, Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, to take into consideration expert opinion on the benefits of play-based learning in early years education, as well as the support and guidance available for adults in playgroup environments, when implementing changes to the Education Act.