Introducing community-based support playgroups among disadvantaged communities can improve children’s emergent literacies, according to a Sydney study.
The study, carried out by researchers from the University of Technology Sydney, worked with Pacific communities in the cities southeast. Preschool-aged children and their parents were asked to participate in community-based supported playgroups that focused on children’s development of language, learning though play and social interactions.
The study found that children who attended supported playgroups regularly demonstrated a greater level of language development that those who had no access to formal childhood programs.
Study co-author Dr Liam Morgan said that working within the Pacific community had proved that supported playgroups are an effective strategy to reach and engage disadvantaged children and families across NSW.