Playgroup Tasmania acknowledges that we live, work and play on Aboriginal land, land of the palawa/pakana people of lutruwita (Tasmania). We pay our respects to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, to elders past and present and to all those who continue caring for country, sharing stories and upholding rights.
Wednesday 22 June, 2022
Playgroup Tasmania has been out and about speaking with playgroup families to hear their thoughts on how and where they feel safe. The responses (and some great artwork like that pictured) are contributing to Playgroup Tasmania's Statement of Commitment to Child Safety and Wellbeing and related policies and processes.
Community playgroups are places and spaces where children, their parents and carers meet other families. While carers are responsible for and remain with their children throughout playgroup activities, each of us has a responsibility to protect the safety of all children in our communities, whether at playgroups or other activities.
This also extends to ensuring all children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and children with a disability, are provided with safe, welcoming and inclusive places to live, learn and play.
In addition to keeping all children safe, playgroups are great places for families to experience what safe, inclusive spaces feel like, setting the standard for their and their children's future interactions with education, health care and other vital systems and supports.
As the saying goes, 'you can't be what you can't see' and it is our aim for all families to know that they have a right to feel safe at all times.
We look forward to sharing the Statement of Commitment with all of you as it is developed to meet the needs of families across playgroups in our state.
We need volunteers to help establish BabyVillage playgroups around our state.
This great new way to play focuses on babies and/or children who aren't yet moving around independently.
Playgroup leaders can now access easy-to-use resources and training online at the Playgroup Tasmania Resource Hub.
In the online resource hub, you’ll find information, tips and resources on a wide range of topics including two interactive modules on how to make your playgroup inclusive and ensuring your playgroup is child safe.