Ageless Play Intergenerational Playgroups are fast becoming a favourite playgroup for families and communities around Australia.
While sharing a similar approach to regular Community Playgroups, Ageless Play offers something extra special. Through partnerships with aged care services, retirement villages and seniors’ groups – Ageless Play Playgroups are bridging generational gaps to reduce isolation and ageism within local communities. By inviting children, parents, grandparents and caregivers to join together with local residents, Playgroup SA along with Playgroup Australia are endeavouring to drive change and bring people from all walks of life together to create a village through play.
What is an Intergenerational Playgroup?
Playgroups are a fun, safe and educational way for children, parents and carers to come together on a weekly basis to engage in play-based learning. This play-based learning provides a solid foundation for all children to facilitate their wellbeing and holistic development.
Intergenerational Playgroup is a unique Playgroup model where the young and young at heart, join together for a Playgroup session for important social interaction. The Intergenerational Playgroups are a vital opportunity for parents, children and residents to engage in childhood activities together. These Playgroups create opportunities for children to further develop their skills, parents to create a local peer support network and provide isolated residents with vital community interaction.
Research suggests that Intergenerational Playgroups improve outcomes and quality of life for older people, particularly those experiencing:
- Disengagement from community
There are a number of studies that have been conducted on Intergenerational Playgroups and the benefits for aged care residents and attending families.
Research by Skropeta C M, Colvin A and Sladen S (2014) into participation benefits included the following outcomes for older residents:
- Increase in dignity, particularly with residents who have dementia
- Increase in longer lasting joy and happiness
- Higher levels of self-esteem
- More active participation in the community
The need and benefits extend beyond those of the older person to the parents/caregivers and children within the playgroup. Where parents, grandparents and great-grandparents of attending families may have passed or who do not live locally, the playgroup provides them with the opportunity to engage and interact with older people and provides a safe and fun environment for positive shared experiences.
Intergenerational Playgroups in South Australia:
Boandik Lake Tce Playgroup
Tuesday’s from 9:30am to 11am (School Term Only)
Boandik Lodge Aged Care – Ashworth Lounge | 101 Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier
Contact: Debbie – 8725 7377
Boandik St Mary’s Playgroup
Wednesday’s from 10:30am to 11:30am (School Term Only)
Boandik Lodge Aged Care | 71 Boandik Terrace, Mount Gambier
Contact: Cindy – 8724 1200
Boandik Crouch Street Playgroup
Wednesday’s from 10:15am to 11:15am (School Term Only)
Boandik Lodge Aged Care | 26 Crouch Street, Mount Gambier
Contact: Gillian – 8725 4911
Highercombe Intergenerational Playgroup
Tuesday’s from 10am to 11:30am (School Term Only)
ACH Group Highercombe | 5-11 Sirius Avenue, Hope Valley
Contact: Sarah – 8397 1693
Tot’s at Dot’s
Monday’s from 10am to 11:30am (School Term Only)
Alwyndor Aged Care | 52 Dunrobin Road, Hove
Contact: Susan – 8177 3200
The Learning Tree Playgroup
Wednesday’s from 10:30am to 12pm (School Term Only)
Helping Hand North Adelaide | 49 Buxton Street, North Adelaide
Contact: Sharon – 8224 7841
Wednesday’s from 10am to 11:30am (Meet in School Holidays)
Kalyra Belair Aged Care Facility | 2 Kalyra Road, Belair
Contact: Fiona – 8278 5444
Holly Tots Playgroup
Tuesday’s from 10:30am to 11:45am (Meet in School Holidays)
Holly Aged Care | 16-24 Penneys Hill Road, Hackham
Contact: Sharyn – 8392 6700
Little Elders Playgroup
Wednesday’s from 9:30am to 11am (School Term Only)
Evanston Home Eldercare | 17 Morrow Avenue, Evanston Park
Contact: Leeanne – 8521 2222
Carmelite Cubs Playgroup
Wednesday’s from 10am to 11:30am (School Term Only)
Carmelite – Southern Cross Care | 7 Spence Ave, Myrtle Bank
Contact: Annette – 7077 2000
Thursday’s from 10am to 11:30am (School Term Only)
Bene Aged Care – Mumford Lounge | 6 Mumford Ave, St Agnes
Contact: Tina – 8397 0200
Porcu Pines Playgroup
Tuesday’s from 1:30pm to 2:30pm (Fortnightly)
The Pines Lodge – Southern Cross Care | 342 Marion Road, North Plympton
Contact: Priyanka – 8292 1800
Friday’s from 10:30am to 11:30am (Starts September 6th)
Trevu House | 1-3 Deland Ave, Gawler East
Contact: Nadia – 8522 1045
Bucky Bunnies Playgroup
Tuesday’s from 10:30am to 11:30am (Fortnightly)
Bucklands Southern Cross Care | 333 Marion Road, North Plympton
Contact: Priyanka – 8292 6444
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Playgroup SA website here
What: Playgroup SA Intergenerational Playgroups
When: See above times
Where: See above locations
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
Image Source: Playgroup SA website
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