Welcome to Moerlina Playgroup
Moerlina Playgroup provides a beautiful, caring, inspiring environment in which families can come together to explore in a rich world of play and discovery. At the heart of Moerlina playgroup is a deep appreciation of nature, which is celebrated through the cycle of the changing seasons. The wonder of childhood is nurtured and cherished through seasonally appropriate songs, verses, stories and craft activities, guided by an experienced playgroup leader.
We use fantastic facilities of the Moerlina School environment.
Moerlina Playgroup is open to all parents and carers with pre-school aged children. We are an associate member of Playgroup WA.
Playgroup sessions are structured to meet the children’s need for rhythm and repetition, which helps provide a sense of familiarity and security. This is combined with time for unimpeded, creative, imaginative play, which we see as the “work” of the young child. A strong imagination developed through creative play and activities provides a foundation for problem solving and socialisation skills. You will see the strong influence of philosophies such as Reggio Emilia and Steine in the materials and activities made available to the children. Activities such as baking, finger knitting and drawing help develop fine motor skills, while climbing, digging and exploring our beautiful garden helps to develop gross motor skills, coordination and a sense of balance.
Playgroup provides a safe haven for families to learn and grow together, sharing not only this special time but taking away songs, stories and information about nature-based education to enjoy at home.
Research confirms playgroup contributes toward school readiness
COVID requirements for attendance at Moerlina Playgroup
in addressing directives through the Department of Education
Visitors on school site
Visitors must comply with the health and hygiene conditions in place (eg. regular handwashing, staying away if unwell). In addition:
- all visitors are required to sign-in;
- a contact register is to be maintained for all visitors and are they encouraged to use the SafeWA app; and
- all visitors entering the school site are required to wear a mask in line with the public health requirements in place at the time. (Currently masks are required to be worn inside only)
Friday Session Times
9:30am – 11:30am 0 – 4 years
Playgroup runs during the Moerlina School terms and is closed during school holidays.
The Moerlina School Term dates can be found here.
There will be regular activities each week that create the routine and familiarity of the morning, supporting the children in developing a sense of belonging.
However, the structure of the session will be flexible to allow for spontaneity in responding to children’s interests, the seasons and the many incidental opportunities that arise throughout a day.
9:30am Meet & greet – Welcome to the morning
Cooking – Most weeks we will prepare bread dough for our fresh rolls for morning tea and our shared fruit platter. Sometimes we may vary what we cook to include other healthy treats the children will enjoy. We invite families to bring along a piece of fruit to contribute to the shared morning tea plate each week.
Inside play – Together we will explore games utilising sounds, body movements and our imaginations. We will sometimes set up indoor craft or table play activities.
Outside play – A time for parents and children to connect with nature and together explore the playground and wild spaces. We will sometimes set up outside craft or play activities.
Morning tea – The ritual of coming together to share the food that we have prepared and the company of each other is valued.
Outside play continues – The school welcomes us to explore freely in the grounds, discovering the many fruit trees and the Frog Bog on the wild side of the oval, or the Secret Garden behind our playgroup building.
We understand that at times your child may not be ready to sit at the table for morning tea or happily join in with an activity. At these times please feel free to enjoy some time outside together.
For more information contact us at [email protected]
Where to find us
The Early Learning Centre at Moerlina School, 16 Brockway Road, Mt Claremont, WA, 6010
FREE parking onsite
$5 per child per week
Insurance cover included
If you wish to pay for a number of weeks at a time via electronic banking rather than cash each week, please use the account details below. Please include your initial and surname and the school term number as reference.
(Example: P SMITH T3)
BSB: 016 281
Account #: 4257 07853
Account name: The Moerlina School Inc
Where is playgroup held? We have access to the wonderful indoor and outdoor facilities of the Moerlina School’s Early Learning Centre.
Is there free and convenient car parking available? Yes. You can use the Moerlina School car park. Pram access to the school verandah is nearest Brockway Road. Use the glass doors in the middle of the front verandah to enter the reception area of the main school building. The Early Learning Centre is located at the rear of the main building.
Where is the nearest train station? Loch Street Station on the Fremantle line (approximately 400m walking distance).
Where is the nearest bus stop? Buses 27 and 28 stop directly outside the Moerlina School gates on the east side of Brockway Road, and around the corner on Alfred Rd on the west side of Brockway Road (approximately 50 m walking distance).
I’m not paying insurance fees. Are parents, carers and children covered in the unlikely event of an accident? Yes, Moerlina School Public Liability Insurance covers everyone attending Playgroup sessions.
Is Moerlina Playgroup a member of Playgroup WA? Moerlina Playgroup has Associate Membership which entitles the playgroup to assistance from Playgroup WA.
Is there a requirement to participate on a committee and attend busy bees? No, Moerlina Playgroup does not have a committee or busy bees. There are no obligations on your time beyond Playgroup sessions.