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Natalie and Katie from Books & Butterflies preparing the first supported playgroup to be held on 30 April. Photo supplied.

Young children learn from their daily experiences about the world around them, how to interact with the world and how to manage themselves within it. Responding to the needs of young children from three to five a new free playgroup is being started in Lismore that offers a supportive learning and play space for children who may not have access to similar play or learning opportunities.

The Books and Butterflies playgroup is starting on Tuesday, April 30 from 9.30am till 12pm during term time.

‘These playgroups are for parents and carers too. Using fun and creative play, we support parents and carers to connect with their children’s learning, social development and emotional growth, which creates stronger bonds and healthier relationships,’ said Tommy Brogden the Northern Rivers Community Gateway spokesperson.

‘Our playgroup activities are delivered by professionally qualified child therapists. This means that we can customise the playgroup experience to include specific learning, behavioural or emotional challenges a child may face. Our activities provide great opportunities to help children get ready for the move to preschool and kindergarten.’

Books and Butterflies is particularly aimed at helping people who are needing extra support to fully engage in the community and the opportunities that are available for themselves and their young children.

‘There can be a number of challenges to full community participation including cultural, behavioural or financial concerns,’ said Mr Brogden.

The playgroup has the facilities, toys and professionals who can provide support for a wide range of issues that might be of concern for parents, carers and children. There are also behavioural and trauma informed counsellors on site to work with families that need an extra helping hand.

If you would like to access these free services email [email protected] or phone 6621 7397 – bookings are essential.

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