Sylvanvale launches new playgroup to help children with developmental milestones

Games for growth: Playgroup occupational therapist Nicole Mansell works with one of the children at the new playgroup launched by Sylvanvale.
Games for growth: Playgroup occupational therapist Nicole Mansell works with one of the children at the new playgroup launched by Sylvanvale.

Children who have a disability or those who have not met their developmental milestones will benefit from a new playgroup launched in Sutherland Shire.

Sylvanvale has established a supportive group for children up to three years of age. It has been designed to give families who attend, weekly support that is provided by an occupational therapist and early childhood educator.

It also gives parents and carers the opportunity to increase their knowledge about their child's growth. 

The group is funded by the NSW government's Start Strong Pathways program and supports the educational engagement of children who are too young to receive a preschool education.

Sylvanvale chief executive Leanne Fretten says feedback from the first session has been positive. She also encourages new members.

"It is often difficult for families to know where to go or who to talk to if their child is not meeting their developmental milestones," she said. 

"This program offers a welcoming environment for families to come along and discuss any concerns with our supportive therapists. They also get to meet other families in similar situations. We are excited to see the playgroup grow."

The playgroup runs from 10am-midday during school terms at Mikarie Child Care Centre, 2 Mikarie Place, Kirrawee.

Details: 1300 244 677 or here.

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