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Playgroups on rise
Detail: Parents in Queensland looking for new places for their children to socialise have pushed the number of Playgroups in the state to more than 5000. Playgroups are set up by volunteers to offer supportive environments for children under school age to socialise and take part in activities organised by parents.

According to Mark Brooke, chief executive of Playgroup Queensland, even more families are expected to attend as workplace changes forced by the economic downturn left working parents with more time. Under these circumstances, parents are returning to Playgroup because of its convenience and affordability.

The group's model allows volunteers to start Playgroups to meet the needs of local families. There are now groups for working parents, single parents and parents in school as well as cultural and bi-lingual groups.
Source: The Courier Mail (Australia), May 8, 2009
Date: May 16 2009