Program Policies and Philosophy

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PROGRAM POLICIES

  • All participating children must be aged 5 years or younger. There is no charge for babies under 1 year if they are attending with an older sibling.
  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer over 18 at all times. Parents or carers must accompany children to the restroom.
  • Whilst children are encouraged to get messy in their creative explorations, we also encourage them to take responsibility and assist in tidying their work areas before leaving.
  • Please dress your child for messy play. We will have smocks available and try to use washable materials, but we do not take responsibility for messy or damaged clothing.
  • Our space is part of Cockatoo Creative – a working space for artists and events. Though we make all attempts possible to be mindful of safety, we cannot guarantee a 100% childproof environment.
  • You are welcome to bring your own food and drink, and there is also food available for purchase onsite. We ask that you be “allergy aware” by avoiding nut products, eating food only in the café area, and washing hands after eating. Please note that the onsite café is run by Cockatoo Creative and not affiliated with Sydney Creative Play.
  • Our outdoor play area is public space maintained by the Canterbury-Bankstown Council. We ask that you please make all efforts to respect our natural environment.
  • This playgroup is part of a not-for-profit organisation (Sydney Creative Play) and is entirely volunteer-run. We appreciate the support of our community.
  • We value diversity and accessibility. LGBTIQ families, CALD and immigrant families, Aboriginal families, and families with disabilities or learning differences are all welcome. Please let us know if there are ways we can better serve you.

ART AND PLAY PHILOSOPHY

Our innovative playgroup includes an opportunity for parents/carers to learn and be involved in creative play alongside their children.

We believe that in the early years, the emphasis of children’s art should be on the process, rather than the end product. Our activities are designed stimulate and ignite children’s imaginations and innate artistic abilities.

Our staff of volunteers is “hands off” in the sense that we do not show children what or how to create, but instead make observations, question, and offer encouragement.

We set our playgroup along the Cooks River as we know that many Sydney children do not spend enough time outside and that the benefits of nature play are numerous.

 

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