MORE than 30 free educational play sessions in six major venues across Logan, all celebrating early learning, language and culture – this year’s Under-8’s Week is going to be huge!
Logan Hyperdome, Grand Plaza Browns Plains, Logan Central Plaza, and Mcdonald’s Eagleby, Beenleigh and Logan Central will host some of Logan’s leading early education providers, who will deliver free sessions from 17 – 24 May – all to celebrate our under-8’s and to showcase the importance of early years education.
Under-8’s Week this year has the theme “celebrating diversity of language in home, culture and community”, so each session will link to that theme. Sessions include singing, crafts, planting, storytelling, dance and more.
Logan Together Backbone Team Director Matthew Cox said the burst of activity came from a collaboration between early childhood experts, prolific local businesses and the local community.
“The Logan Together movement is all about improving outcomes for our children, and we know that the early years are incredibly important, so Under-8’s Week is the perfect opportunity for partners to provide those children and their families with some fun activity sessions which are educational too,” he said.
“Hosting these sessions in spaces already popular with families – three of the biggest shopping centres and some of the busiest McDonald;s branches in the city – ensures more families can access these sessions. It has been terrific to see all of the organisations involved work together with one goal in mind – to offer something fun and educational to Logan’s kids and celebrate them this Under-8’s Week.
“The theme around diversity of language is really relevant to the Logan community and the activities planned celebrate that really well.”
Sessions throughout the week are being delivered by Guppy’s Early Learning, We Belong Daycare, The Benevolent Society, The Family Place, local Aboriginal Elder Uncle Barry, The Mulberry Bush, Hosanna Logan City, Cubby Care Kindergarten and Rosies Early Learning.
“Under-8’s Week is such a great annual celebration of children, and it is a good opportunity to showcase some of the work we can be doing with our young children – and how easy it can be to get them involved in some great play,” said Carrie Rose, owner of Rosies Early Learning.
Among the sessions are clay moulding, creative play with everyday objects, making Native American talking sticks, celebrating Maori culture, child-led play, Indigenous badge making and more.
The idea for a celebration of everything under-8 was planned with a great deal of support and insight from the team at First 5 Forever, who deliver interactive story-time sessions across all Logan libraries as well as in Logan Hyperdome’s Learn N Play space.
First 5 Forever’s Early Years Library Services Coordinator Marnie Julin said holding play-based sessions in community spaces was a valuable way for children and their parents to get creative about early learning.
“Meeting people in community spaces is a great way to ensure as many people as possible can take part in these really fun activities, and can benefit from play-based learning,” she said.
“That so many have jumped on board to be a part of celebrating Under-8’s Week in Logan is fantastic, and I’m sure there will be lots of very excited children at all of the sessions!”