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The important work of play

The important work of play

Image: Play is an important part of a child’s education

A new ARC Linkage Project, awarded to a group of researchers led by Professor Susan Edwards at the Australian Catholic University, is investigating the important work of play to discover how playgroups work best.

Playgroups are an engaging way for children to practice getting along with others and trying new ways to play. They’re great for mums, dads, grandparents and caregivers too; offering support and social contact.

Professor Edward’s vision is to introduce Australian families to school communities early, and build parents’ knowledge, skills and confidence in providing their young children with play-experiences, leading to better learning and developmental outcomes for kids as they progress through the education system.

Partner Organisation, Playgroup Victoria, is providing funding and in-kind support for the research to the tune of $180,000.

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