Puppets prove good PALS for children

From Left: Kath Finney (Pre-School teacher), Tash Browne (Director) with children Riley Ballantyne (3 yrs), Tai Simms (2 yrs), Elizabeth Speer (3 yrs), Jazmine McMahon (3 yrs, yellow). The Goodstart runs 'play and learning' programs for children and recently received government funding for a PALS kits which includes puppets, workbooks, etc.
From Left: Kath Finney (Pre-School teacher), Tash Browne (Director) with children Riley Ballantyne (3 yrs), Tai Simms (2 yrs), Elizabeth Speer (3 yrs), Jazmine McMahon (3 yrs, yellow). The Goodstart runs 'play and learning' programs for children and recently received government funding for a PALS kits which includes puppets, workbooks, etc.

Goodstart Merriwa director Natasha Browne said the not-for-profit centre had invested in a ‘Play and Learning to Socialise’ (PALS) pack from Early Childhood Australia, thanks to a Department of Communities grant.

Mrs Browne said the centre, which cares for children from birth to three-years-old, had run a 10-week PALS program recently with support from Child Australia.

‘This program was so successful, with important life-skill messages being embedded into children’s daily routines and transitions,’ she said.

Mrs Browne said they ran several other programs, including sustainable education on being water-wise, waste-wise and recycling, and annual visits from Constable Care.

For more information, call Natasha Browne on 9305 8633.