Connection & encouragement while staying Covidsafe
Here are just a few of the ways our playgroups are continuing to bless our families during the Covid-19 restrictions. Around the churches through Covid-19 We’d love to hear what you are doing to stay connected with your families so we can share it with our CPN members. Send your story as well as a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tash Gellert, Coordinator of Little Lambs Playgroup in Lara, has written up an account of how the playgroup team has been helping families stay connected to the playgroup while the playgroup hasn’t been able to meet in the normal way. For inspiration and the nitty-gritty of what they have done, read on here: Connected in Lockdown
This resource from Christian Community Churches (CCCVaT) offers a framework to make thoughtful decisions at the local church level as we continue to respond to the restrictions of Covid 19.
The following ideas have been made available by Baptist Children & Families Ministries NSW & ACT
Maintain the routine
Divide the contacts amongst the playgroup team and everyone call people from the group at the usual playgroup time slot.
Provide a 10 minute online video meeting with a short story or nursery rhyme to say hi to everyone.
Playgroup in your letterbox delivered on the day of playgroup – Molong Baptist have found this a great way to support families; the playgroup content is just the tool for greater conversation and checking in with people or delivering supplies they need so they don’t have to leave home with young children.
Some ideas to stay connected and show care
Celebrate birthdays – check your birthday list and send birthday cards to children and adults. How special it is to get a card in the post! Make a video call (e.g. Facetime or Whats App) and sing Happy Birthday.
Commit to phoning families regularly and often (weekly?) to share news, check how they are going and determine if they need more follow up or specific care.
Set up a Whats App group (with permission to share contact details) or closed Facebook group for playgroup families to share news and stay connected.
Playgroup Victoria resources for families
Scroll down the Playgroup at Home page to find the Zoom registration for online playgroup sessions, and then further down to find Activity Sheets for loads of creative and fun play at home.
Playgroup Victoria are providing free live weekly sessions for families to join in with, sign up on the Playgroup Victoria Home page to access Move It 4 Kids (great for getting kids active) and All Come out to play (music based, promoting respectful relationships)
Mainly music and mainly play
Go to the mainly music and mainly play Facebook page to find the video sessions for families to enjoy at home.
Playgroup being safe, healthy and safe
In response to ongoing CPN member queries about Playgroup being a safe, healthy and happy space for both families and the team, and what Playgroup might look like in 2021, the CPN Committee would like to highlight a number of things to consider for your Playgroup.
From the CPN, please read the following resource sheets, discuss with your playgroup team and church leaders, and make considered and careful decisions.CPN-Covid-19-updates-and-information-for-church-Playgroups-1DownloadCPN-Top-tips-for-returning-to-playgroupDownload
For all the latest information and resources regarding COVID-19 refer to the Australian Government Department of Health.