It has been proven through research that children who do not go to playgroups lag behind in developmental skills to a great extent than children who attend playgroups. They struggle to be able to comprehend and assimilate literacy and numeracy skills. They also have problems their communication skills when they got to kindergarten. As playgroups involve the children in playful activities within a group where they meet other children of their own age group, the biggest impact is seen on the social skills of the child, if they do not go to a playschool.
Often some children device their own play and lead others to join in. This in turn involves a lot of creativity on the childs part. The fact that a child is learning from his or her peer, has a great impact on the childs developmental growth. Even the childs relationship with his or her parents is greatly influenced by a playgroup.
Playgroups are not kindergarten or preschool. They are an intermediate between home and kindergarten. It is the transition where the child receives the warmth of home care and at the same time is also exposed to his or her peers and is a part of a social group that is not his or her family. There is no fixed definition of a playgroup. No matter which playgroup you apply now or RSVP now, all you need is a group of likeminded parents and their children (who are close to each other in age) to get together for their children to socialize. They should meet on a regular basis. It is up to the parents whether they want to stay with the children or let them be on their own.
Here are a few things that one may need to have a playgroup:
A group of likeminded parents with children of the similar age group.
A place where they can meet and this place should also have a big room to play along with space for outdoor activities.
Some nice assortment of toys for the children to play with.
A fair idea about the developmental needs pf the children who are meeting to play.
A good playgroup is one which:
Children engage in different kind of activities that help them to grow and develop.
There are basic amenities for the children and there a maintenance of cleanliness and hygiene.
Children are treated well by the caregivers.