Playgroup kids step into Prep

Kyra Hogarth with her kids Sophie, Maddison and Riley at miniature train rides.
Kyra Hogarth with her kids Sophie, Maddison and Riley at miniature train rides. Allan Reinikka ROK160916aprep1

KYRA Hogarth knew her son Riley needed to be brought out of his shell before he started Prep next year.

So she jumped at the chance to take Riley along to the Lakes Creek State School playgroup.

With between 20 to 30 regular participants at the playgroup, Kyra said it gave the kids an opportunity to play with other children and just get involved.

"My boy really needed a bit of structure and to play away from me so by going to playgroup it still gives me the opportunity to play with him,” Kyra said.

"It gets them used to other adults as well for when they come to Prep.

"It definitely brought him out of his shell, he was really shy in the beginning and gradually he came out of his shell and he's made little friends.”

Kyra said the way playgroup was set up allowed the kids to participate in all sorts of activities from inside play to reading sessions and outside play.

"It really gives the kids an idea of structure,” she said.

"So by the time Riley gets to Prep he has already had that one day a week of practise doing lots of Prep activities.”

Acting principal of Lakes Creek State School, Lachlan Moore said the playgroup for the year had come to an end but a new program would be starting next term.

"So we run a playgroup at our school to help the kids transition into primary school so we've hired out the miniature trains here to celebrate the end of term.”

"We have a playgroup running so they can become familiar with the school environment and they can sort of start to get engaged with conversational reading and also start to do some play based learning games, helping them getting ready for Prep to help them have a nice flying start to their schooling life.

"It's a really good program and because of the success of our playgroup we're actually starting a new program, step into Prep.”

Mr Moore explained step into Prep was an eight week program for children who hadn't gone to any sort of daycare or who hadn't attended any kindergarten.

"After the eight weeks if they've had really good attendance they are presented with a school uniform for next year and a backpack.”

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