Play Groups provide the opportunity for babies, toddlers and young children to learn through play. Each mother's presence and availability during Play Groups creates a secure base from which her child plays independently, joins group activities, and interacts with peers and Play Group leaders. For children, this way of being with their mothers, both independent and close at the same time, enhances their ability to communicate, form friendships and to play. Play is the young child's primary activity and gateway to social, cognitive and emotional learning.
Play Groups are small with a high ratio of trained Play Group leaders to children. Children are helped to acquire skills, engage in pleasurable social interactions, resolve conflicts and assert themselves effectively. When children's needs are met in these ways they are able to invest in their play, master increasingly complex tasks and build relationships.
The evolving Mother-Infant, Mother-Baby-Toddler and Pre-Nursery formats reflect the unfolding developmental processes of attachment and autonomy.