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    1. How much do you pay for playgroup? We've never been to a playgroup before.
    2. How much would you like to pay for playgroup? $5.00 would be fine, especially if it is a safe environment and she enjoys herself.
    3. What do you or child like about playgroup? My baby girl meeting and playing with other little people
    4. What annoys or worries you about playgroup? I don't know if playgroups are a safe enough place for under 1's? my little one is only just starting to walk (fragile).

    However, we are very interested in giving it a go, so could you please let us know.

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    I'm currently attending the playgroup my DH usually attends.

    We pay $2 per visit. We all have some sort of role which gives us ownership and I think it helps avoid cliques etc. DH is often treasurer.

    DH can be a bit sensitive about often being the only male so it helps when occasionally other women send / bring their other halves, too. They're often more enthusiastic cos DH is there so it goes both ways.

    It bugs DH when women sit inside with coffee and he's the only one outside supervising.

    The current playgroup is the only one where you can bring pretty much whatever food you like to share. It's mostly packets of biscuits and chips which I'm a bit iffy about.

    Previous playgroups have required a piece of fruit each which is cut up for kids to share and sometimes someone has brought something sweet for adults only, which I prefer.

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    The playgroup we go to is through our local church, they charge$ 80 per term, which, after reading this thread seems quite steep, its one day per week from 9-11.

    The coordinator sets up areas of activities, like dolls, prams and baby bath on one mat, trainsets on another, blocks on another mat etc. She also has 2 activities at tables, like making macaroni necklaces on one and painting at the other. Or playdough, decorating something etc. We play with the toys and make things until 10 ish. Then we all pack up together, then we sing songs and sometimes a story. Then its snack time, each parent brings their own child a snack. Then its outside play until 11. Outside are bikes, scooters etc, a sandpit, a cubby house and slides.

    Its ok, everyone is really good at supervising their own child/ren, and inclusive of new families.

    I just think its a bit costly, considering its in the churches own grounds so there would be no hiring costs.

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    1. How much do you pay for playgroup? $90/term so litle under $10 a week.
    2. How much would you like to pay for playgroup?
    3. What do you or child like about playgroup?
    4. What annoys or worries you about playgroup?

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    Sorry stupid phone sent before I had finished
    1. How much do you pay for playgroup? $90/term so litle under $10 a week.
    2. How much would you like to pay for playgroup? I know it seems steep, but it's 2.5 hours with a qualified early childhood teacher and is run through out local Steiner school. Also don't have to provide anything.
    3. What do you or child like about playgroup? I love meeting up with like minded parents ( this is in steel contrast to me mothers group experience). My son loves the interaction and different toys, particularly musical toys. I also like that we learn new songs to sing at home. Also we make bread at the start of the morning then share it with honey at the end. I love the idea of making something together and sharing it.
    4. What annoys or worries you about playgroup? Nothing

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    1. How much do you pay for playgroup?
    I pay $30/term (which is 3 months I think)
    2. How much would you like to pay for playgroup?
    I'm very happy with the price atm!
    3. What do you or child like about playgroup?
    I like it because it's a different environment for DS so he has fun without needing me to entertain him. That means I can socialise!
    4. What annoys or worries you about playgroup?
    DS always seems to catch his colds from playgroup, or he gets bitten by other babies, etc. But those things are sort of unavoidable I guess!

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    1. How much do you pay for playgroup? 1- $25 a year and then $5 each week. It is amazing and worth every penny.
    2-is free but I donate $3-$4


    2. How much would you like to pay for playgroup? $5 per session unless it's a special one.

    3. What do you or child like about playgroup? 1-The lady that runs it is amazing! We have a small group and all get alone well, the craft is always fun and they do singing and dancing every week along with a story and morning tea is provided.
    2-Is crapo really I only go for DD to have a play/dance.

    4. What annoys or worries you about playgroup?
    Too many kids, parents treating playgroup like a childcare centre and ignoring their kids while they go crazy. I also don't didn't like at our old playgroup that they didn't seem to care about DDs allergies and she was excluded a lot because of it.

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    My Playgroup has just died due to members leaving and Jo new ppl

    But we used to...
    1. How much do you pay for playgroup?
    25 a year to Playgroup Qld and then $4 weekly when you turned up

    2. How much would you like to pay for playgroup?
    Under 10 a week. I don't mind paying extra for longer time or better activities or if food was included or got second and subsequent children

    3. What do you or child like about playgroup?
    Social interaction, different toys and meeting new ppl

    I liked how our Playgroup had said that each child has a piece of fruit and we adults would take turns weekly to cut them up to share. The kids would sit on their chairs feeding themselves quite well.

    Also the craft activity alternated weekly and the mums would roster themselves on for set up or clean up.


    4. What annoys or worries you about playgroup?
    I would frequently bring morning tea for the mums and kids. Now whilst I know not everyone can afford to bake/bring stuff to share weekly but would have been nice not to be the one of the three mums that would do it.

    I live in a strong defence force area and this leads to frequent moves for families. Also since most defence families prefer a Playgroup on the base not many new families join. The suburb is changing from family to couples and singles as well. Oh well I'm moving at the end of this year so I'll just end up another statistic.

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    Also have a form that let's new patents know about any allergies or intolerances in the kids. No names need to be mentioned.

    It made my life easier to bake stuff to take in cos I knew there were no egg or milk allergies.

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    Hi there all..

    Im new to this site..
    I'm looking to me some mums to be and mums
    i have a 11month old little boy (declyn) and one due in November.
    i live in Hervey bay QLD.


 

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