Valli Mitchelson (left), facilitator of a new indigenous playgroup at Thabeban State School, and school community liaison officer Julie Hanak are looking forward to helping children develop social skills.
Valli Mitchelson (left), facilitator of a new indigenous playgroup at Thabeban State School, and school community liaison officer Julie Hanak are looking forward to helping children develop social skills. Scottie Simmonds

New playgroup for indigenous kids

INDIGENOUS children will be given the chance to enjoy school life before it begins with an indigenous-only playgroup at Thabeban State School.

The Aboriginal Women’s Group granted funding to the school to allow the program to go ahead.

Thabeban State School community liaison officer Julie Hanak said the group offered the funding to ensure indigenous children were given the same opportunities as non-indigenous children.

“We have found a lot of indigenous children get to school and don’t have the same social skills as other children,” Ms Hanak said.

“This playgroup allows them to start getting comfortable with the school environment before they begin Prep.”

Ms Hanak said children would learn skills that would make the settling in period to Prep much easier.

“When they come to Prep on the first day, they will already know the teachers and some other kids,” she said.

For more information on the kindy, phone Thabeban State School on 4150 8333.



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