Fairies and farmers put fun back into education

MORE than to 80 parents and children came together as guests of children’s charity The Smith Family to experience an interactive educational theatre performance at the Brighton Civic Centre in April.

Initially the event was planned to take place at the Riverside Community Garden and Nursery, but due to bad weather, was transferred to the Civic Centre which was transformed into a beautiful make-believe garden setting using garden materials.

The Grow and Learn program encourages parents and children to play together, to learn how to grow fruit and vegetables as well as prepare healthy meals.
The Grow and Learn program encourages parents and children to play together, to learn how to grow fruit and vegetables as well as prepare healthy meals.

The Fairies and Farmers Show, presented by Makebelieve Children’s Entertainment used music and movement in a pretend garden setting to promote health messages to children in a fun and engaging way. The show aimed to raise awareness of the importance of good health for children’s development and education.

A grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund will enable The Smith Family to partner with other community services and organisations to promote a range of events and activities around the state which promote health literacy among families. More events are planned for the Bridgewater/Gagebrook area in Terms 2 and 3.

“This type of event really complements the Grow and Learn early learning program, which is based at the community garden,” said the program’s coordinator Amanda Hopwood.

“The program encourages parents and children to play together, learn how to grow fruit and vegetables, shop on a budget and prepare healthy meals and snacks, thanks to a partnership between The Smith Family, the Department of Education and Campbell Page”.

“Programs such as Grow and Learn demonstrate The Smith Family’s role as connector and facilitator within the community, providing educational opportunities for parents and children as a means of breaking the cycle of disadvantage and ensuring that all children are able to reach their full potential,” said regional programs manager with The Smith Family, Wendy Armstrong.

Grow and Learn encourages the healthy development of both children and parents through physical activity and community involvement. It supports children with their transition to school through increased social and language opportunities and engagement with current early years programs.

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