Educational Children's Activities

Children learn through play as well as formal programs or activities. Below is a list of different programs and activities to engage your child.

The Playground

The Playground is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) website for children and their carers.

The Playground is a rich and happy environment for children to explore as well as a detailed information point with easy access to everything you need to know about your favourite ABC Kids' characters, TV programs and online games.

The Playground is designed to be accessible to young users. Its intuitive navigation and interaction makes it super easy for children in preschool to find their way around without the need of an adult. Parents and carers can relax while children explore this site - it is a safe, friendly and easy-to-use environment in which children will have fun and learn.

To find out more and start exploring the site, please visit The Playground.

Sporting Schools

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has launched the new Sporting Schools website, as part of an initiative to help strengthen the connection between schools and sport so that all Australian children can get active and experience the joy of sport.

From 2015, Sporting Schools will become Australia’s largest participation program for all children to foster a lifelong interest in sport. It will also fund sporting activities in more than 5,700 schools and provide access to a range of trained community coaches.

With a $100 million investment from the Australian Government, Sporting Schools will draw on the successful elements of the ASC’s Active After-school Communities (AASC) program, which concludes on 31 December 2014.

PlayConnect (autism program)

PlayConnect Playgroups are designed to help families of children with autism through play based activities. It's also a great opportunity for connecting with other families in similar circumstances to your own. Any family that has a child aged 0-6 who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or ASD-like behaviours, is welcome to join a PlayConnect Playgroup. Your child does not need a formal ASD diagnosis to join a PlayConnect Playgroup. For more information, visit the PlayConnect section of the Playgroups Australia website.

Playgroups

Playgroup is an informal session that gives children (under school age) the chance to socialise and interact with other children and adults. Parents, grandparents and carers are usually involved in the children's activities. Playgroups are generally set up and run by parents and care givers. Activities at playgroup are either free or low-cost, and may include:

  • music and singing
  • imaginative play
  • outdoor and free play
  • art and craft activities
  • outings.

Playgroup can be held anywhere that is safe for children and where groups of people can meet - community and neighbourhood centres, health clinics, women's centres, pre-schools and kindergartens, church halls and even in someone's house. Playgroups are different from child care because parents stay with their children rather than leave them in someone else's care. For information about the availability of playgroups in your local area, please visit the Playgroups Australia website or call 1800 171 882.

Vacation care and activities

Vacation care is a type of outside-school hours care. Vacation care services provide care which includes creative indoor and outdoor activities. These services are sometimes run by the same organisation that runs before and after-school care. To locate a vacation care provider in your local area, please use the search option on this website. Other vacation activities are often organised by local councils. Please contact your local council for more details.

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