A Parent, Baby and Toddler Group is a local support group where parents and carers can meet to compare notes.
It is also an opportunity for them to develop friendships in a safe and friendly environment, while their children play and socialise together.
In a Parent, Baby and Toddler Group, each parent or carer should be responsible for their own children at all times.
Advantages for Children
Parent, Baby and Toddler Groups provide a stepping stone for children preparing to go to playgroup.
These groups provide children with an environment in which they are able to play independently with other children, while still having the security of their parents close by. This can be a great help in building a child’s confidence.
Advantages for Parents
Parent, Baby and Toddler Groups provide parents with an opportunity to play with their child, giving them their undivided attention, away from the distractions of home.
It is also a way of meeting other parents in similar circumstances and it can be reassuring to realise that there are other people going through the same experiences.
For some parents, attending a Parent, Baby and Toddler Group can be their only social contact during the day. Therefore, these groups can provide a great support network.
They can also provide the basis for lifelong friendships, which is especially helpful to parents who do not have family support close by.