MORE than 80 parents and children from the Bridgewater and Gagebrook communities recently enjoyed a variety of fun, healthy and engaging activities as part of The Smith Family’s Good Beginnings school holiday program.
The sessions were jam-packed with a smorgasbord of activities including tasty ‘sit-down’ shared lunches, an Antarctic ‘adventure day’, a recycled toy-making session, a community walk complete with a morning tea and jumping castle, several fun-filled rural combined play sessions and even a playground ‘discovery mystery tour’ on the double-decker Fun Bus!During the course of the summer ‘bright start’ program, families were also treated to two Master Chef cooking sessions with highly acclaimed Salvation Army chef Nathan Lam.
Along with all the fun and games, a guest speaker – naturopath from Gould’s Pharmacy in Hobart – held a parent information session about family health and wellbeing. The naturopath spoke about the benefits of using natural remedies to feel ‘healthier and simple’, and revealed special low cost tips for battling gastro, coughs and colds.
The Smith Family was able to support the school holiday program with assistance from the Tasmanian Community Fund, which helped cover the costs of the delicious and nutritious morning tea, barbecue and picnic lunch.
Overall, the success of the school holiday program can be credited to the collaborative efforts of the Salvation Army, Communities 4 Children, The Smith Family, Tas Community Fund, Gagebrook and Herdsmans Cove Primary Schools, PCYC and St Vincent de Paul. The kindness and generosity of these community organisations certainly enriched the experiences of all children and parents who participated in the program.
A very special ‘thank you’ is extended to the Brighton Council – who covered the bus costs, and the Fun Bus, who offered its Mystery Bus excursion at a discounted rate.
All families with young children under the age of five are welcome to join the family ‘play and learn’ sessions held at the Brighton Community and Health Centre, St Paul’s Primary School, Gagebrook Primary School and Tea Tree Hall and Broadmarsh Hall.
As children grow and develop very rapidly, keeping pace with their changes often requires an ‘all hands on deck’ approach. The local community is a fantastic resources for families with young children, and organisations such as Good Beginnings offer the play, learning and social experiences that are essential for all growing children.
The sessions started on Thursday February 24 and are held weekly from 9.30am to 11.30am. Facilitated by an early childhood educator and family support worker, parents are encouraged to attend and enjoy a cup of coffee while watching their children play. A hat, a piece of fruit and a drink are recommended for the day.
For further information about the school holiday program or any other Launching into Learning program in the area phone Cathryn on 0458 732 950 or Simone on 0417 316 987 or call the Brighton Community and Health Centre on 6268 4240.