LEARNING FUN: Aubrey, Rylan and Jacq Campbell, Linda Watt and Emily, Max, Matilda and Slater Smith are ready for the new playgroup.
LEARNING FUN: Aubrey, Rylan and Jacq Campbell, Linda Watt and Emily, Max, Matilda and Slater Smith are ready for the new playgroup. Claudia Williams

New free playgroup for South Burnett families

THERE will be a new place for Kingaroy kids to play, learn and make new friends when Taabinga State School hosts its first free playgroup on Monday.

Taabinga early years co-ordinator Shaque Dugdell said as census data showed more children were attending playgroup, the new group would make it accessible to more families in the region.

"We see a noticeable difference in children that have not attended some early childhood program and this is a way that we can support the wider community and also to help with the transition to school,” Mrs Dugdell said.

The playgroup for kids up to five years of age is open to all, is not exclusive to Taabinga State School families, and will be facilitated by a trained teacher with the help of parent volunteers from 9-10.30am at the school hall.

Mrs Dugdell said there would be a big focus on play while also helping children develop social skills, resilience and inspire them to create, invent and problem solve.

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