Overview

This project uses a new approach to working with parents in transition playgroups by using an online tool developed by Playgroup Victoria (called Playmap) to support parents in planning and implementing play-activities in both the transition and community playgroups. In this project, parents participating in a transition playgroup will use Playmap in collaboration with a Playgroup facilitator moving gradually towards independent use of Playmap as they transition into a community playgroup.

This project specifically aims to: 1) further develop Playmap as an online resource for parents; 2) establish parents’ understandings of the role of play in young children’s learning and development via Playgroup Victoria’s Outcomes Framework and the frequency, duration and type of parental provided play-activities in the family home pre and post Playmap usage; and 3) identify the efficacy of Playmap in promoting the provision of parental provided play-activities to young children in transition playgroups as they move into community playgroups.

Funding

  • Playgroup Victoria, $14,950.50

Duration

2015-2016

Project Aim

This project specifically aims to: 1) further develop Playmap as an online resource for parents; 2) establish parents’ understandings of the role of play in young children’s learning and development via Playgroup Victoria’s Outcomes Framework and the frequency, duration and type of parental provided play-activities in the family home pre and post Playmap usage; and 3) identify the efficacy of Playmap in promoting the provision of parental provided play-activities to young children in transition playgroups as they move into community playgroups.

Research Investigators

Research Partners

  • Playgroup Victoria

Selected Bibliography

Berthelsen, D., Williams, K., Abad, V., Vogel, L., Nicholson, J. (2012). The parents at playgroup research report. Engaging families in supported playgroups. Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane.

Dodge, D. T. & Sparling, J. (2007) Linking families to the curriculum: Sharing the power of everyday activities. Children and Families, 21(3), 16–21.

Hancock, K., Lawrence, D., Mitrou, F., Zarb, D., Berthelsen, D., Nicholson, J., & Zubrick, S. (2012) The association between playgroup participation, learning competence and social-emotional wellbeing for children aged 4-5 years in Australia. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(2), pp. 72-81.

Jackson, D. (2013). Creating a place to ‘be’: unpacking the facilitation role in three supported playgroups in Australia. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 21(1), 77-93.

McFarlane-Piazza, L., Lord, A., Smith, M., and Downey, B. (2012). The role of community-based playgroups in building relationships between pre-service teachers, families and the community. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood 37(2), 34-41.

Plowman, K. (2002). Strengthening children, families and communities through playgroups. Starting strong: Making the most of the first eight years: conference papers (p. 10). Melbourne: Department of Human Services.

Useful link for educators and families

Project findings

Publications and reports will be posted in this section as they become available.

McLean, K., Edwards, S., Lambert, P., Gibson, B., & Hallowell, L. (2016). Promoting the provision of parental provided play-activities in transitions playgroups. A Research Report Prepared for Playgroup Victoria. Melbourne: Australian Catholic University.

McLean, K., Edwards, S., Evangelou, M., Skouteris, H., Harrison, L.J., Hemphill, S.A., Sullivan, P., & Lambert, P. (2015). Playgroups as sites for parental education. Journal of Early Childhood Research. doi:10.1177/1476718X15595753


Published

November 18, 2016

Chief Investigator/s

Professor Susan Edwards

Research Status

Completed

 

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