Thursday’s at 9-11am: Playgroup story-time with Mt Carmel School’s Teacher’s Aide and Playgroup Coordinator Amber Maher.

Mt Carmel School has recently reintroduced their playgroup for preschoolers after a long break due to Covid restrictions.

Principal Michael Green said after putting the group on pause over the last few years the school was very grateful to be able to start it up again.

“It’s been back up and running for a couple of weeks now and it’s already been very much welcomed by the community,” he said. “It’s been a really successful reopening of the playgroup for us.”

Held on Thursdays at the School Hall from 9am to 11am, it costs just $3 for the first child and $1 for each additional child from the family who attends playgroup. The nominal costs allow Mt Carmel to provide the morning tea and purchase crafts supplies.

There’s no commitment payment and parents and carers only pay for each session they attend.

Teacher’s Aide and Playgroup Coordinator Amber Maher explained that there is a sign near the Hall directing people to the playgroup but if you’re unfamiliar with the area you can ask at the front office.

Amber said the playgroup does painting, crafts, stories, music time, fine motor skill activities, and morning tea is provided. She added that the playgroup is not only a good opportunity for children to meet others that may also start at Mt Carmel in kindy, but it allows parents to connect with the school community.

Yass – Mt Carmel School Principal Michael Green welcomes families

However, Michael said all children up to preschool age are welcome whether or not they have any intention to attend Mt Carmel School.

“We’ve got quite a few babes in arms who come with mum,” he said. “It’s just as much about a social and community connection for the parents as it is an activity for the children.”

Although the playgroup doesn’t have a cap on numbers, they had between eight and ten children in the two most recent sessions. 

“We don’t have a cap on numbers, whoever is free to come along and is interested to attend is more than welcome.”

“It’s a chance to establish some social connections and to get out and do something different with your pre-schooler on a Thursday.”

Brianna O’Rourke