Issue 8
Monday, 07 October 2019
Charles Darwin University
Maria Haralambis helps her son Mikes (4) bathe his favourite dinosaur
Maria Haralambis helps her son Mikes (4) bathe his favourite dinosaur

VET playgroup centre opens

By Andrew Hall

More than 70 elderly people have already signed up for an “Ageless Play” program that will be held at a new CDU VET Children’s Services and Education facility, which officially opened on 20 September.

Children's Services and Education Support Lecturer Kim Chapman said: “We’re thrilled that the Ageless Play program – where elderly members of the community spend time at play with kindergarten-aged children – is already stimulating this level of interest.”

“The playgroup centre is a state-of-the-art educational resource for preparing our students for careers in the childcare sector and a fantastic vehicle for community outreach.” 

Children’s Services and Education students will be involved in every facet of running the centre and supervision of its activities, which will provide ample opportunity to demonstrate their practical skills and build confidence before taking up positions with regulated services.

Envisaged activities include twice-weekly “Mums and Bubs” groups; providing access to the CDU childcare service on a similar rotational basis; engaging with the Royal Darwin Hospital for a “Young Mums” playgroup; and a proposed relationship with the Northern Territory branch of the Brave Foundation, which is set up to empower new and disadvantaged parents.