A place to learn, read and play

Early Years Places are a safe and welcoming place where families can enjoy spending time with their child, meeting other parents, relaxing and having fun.

Mahega, an educator from the Early Years Place at Mareeba said children are always learning through play at the service, often with mum or dad.

‘We try to cater for the mums, dads and kids by giving them opportunities in all different areas,’ Mahega said.

‘We sing songs, read a book, sing the alphabet, do some counting, and try developing the children’s fine motor skills with different sorts of crafts and sensory activities.’

One of the families that visits the service is mum Linda and her son Katai.

Linda said coming to an Early Years Place has helped her and Katai feel more comfortable after moving to Queensland from Ghana, West Africa.

‘I was very lonely and emotionally down, but when I started here, I see a lot of parents, we talk, we discuss problems, how we are going, and it helps me a lot,’ Linda said.

‘It helps me for belonging, because I am here with no family, so emotionally I am healed by coming here.

‘It has been good to my son as well, he can play with other kids and life is much better.

‘We do a lot of activities, crafts, singing, reading and so many things.’

Find your local Early Years Place and join in today.

Published — 08 November 2018 Last updated — 08 November 2018

Want personalised tips and activities?

Complete these short questions to get personalised tips and activities to see how simple and easy it can be.

Get started
01 / 05

What is your relationship with the child?

MotherFatherGrandmotherGrandfatherCarer/Guardian

What best describes your location?

Metro
Regional
Remote

If you had a spare moment, what would you most likely do with the child?

Metro
Regional
Remote

And finally…

Do you speak another language at home apart from English?
Are you of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander descent?
Does the child need additional support with their development or learning?
Now we know a little more about the content that might interest you we’ve compiled it into a handy page for you.
Go