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3 - Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Bumper party on drawing board
PlayFEST provides a chance for families to reconnect.
Kimberley Le Lievre
The biggest Children s Week
celebration in Canberra will feature
plenty of free and fun activities for
children and their parents,
including petting zoos and face
painting plus lots more.
Parents, carers and children
under 6 years old are invited to join
Children s Week celebrations at the
15th annual PlayFEST next
Tuesday, at the Cook Community
Centre from 10am to 1pm.
ACT Playgroups Association s
PlayFEST offers adults the chance
to gather important information and
The children will be entertained
with plenty of free, exciting, play-
based activities and entertainment.
Children s Week 2015 is
celebrating the 25th anniversary of
Australia signing the United
Nations Convention on Children s
In line with the National
Children s Week event, ACT
Playgroups theme for PlayFEST
will be Yesterday, Today,
Tomorrow which has been
interpreted into a multitude of
activities that allow children to
ACT Playgroups executive
officer Kirsten Cross said
PlayFEST was a fabulous fun and
"We try to encourage lots of
families to come along because it
not only talks about and
demonstrates play-based activities
but also ways you can help your
child develop," she said.
She said while modern
technology can take away from
time with children, the celebrations
provide a way to reconnect.
"There are ways to engage a
child that are developmentally
challenging but can be done with
very little expertise," Ms Cross
Noah s Ark farm animal petting
zoo will be on hand as well as
reptiles from the National Zoo and
Story tellers will entertain
children as will Constable Kenny
Koala and local firefighters.
The event will feature a merry-
go-round, painting and craft
activities, an obstacle course, music
and dancing and other games like
hopscotch and hula hoops. There
will also be face painting and dress-
Free milk will be provided by
Canberra Milk, and coffee will be
on hand for mums and dads, as well
as a sausage sizzle. Find out more
The event will be held at the
community centre, located at 41
Templeton Street, Cook.
Centre planned for Kambah as demand increases
Public comment has opened for a
proposed $2.14 million childcare
centre in Kambah expected to
facilitate 120 children.
A preschool attached to the
adjacent Urambi Primary School
used to occupy the 19 Snodgrass
Crescent site, but both were
demolished in 2014. The proposed
development by VRD Design
includes a 32-space car park and is
predicted to generate less traffic
than the former primary school.
The number of children regularly
attending childcare in the ACT has
risen by 7.3 per cent since 2011,
compared with the national average
of 4.9 per cent, according to the
Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Council vice-president Wayne
King welcomes the project so long
as the community is involved in the
The people who live in this
area, it s about how it s going to
affect them, from the way the traffic
comes in on and off the block and
how that fits in to the local area, he
said. He thinks it will join the other
new developments in the area in
being a plus for the community .
However, Vivienne Gould from
the ACT Association of
Community Child Care Directors
believes some suburbs don t need
more childcare centres.
I don t think there is as much
demand for services in the
Tuggeranong area as there was. I
think we will end up with childcare
centres not at capacity and that is
already the case, she said.
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