READY TO PLAY: Gayndah mother-of-three Sharna Cownie has started a new community playgroup called Noah's Ark Playgroup.
READY TO PLAY: Gayndah mother-of-three Sharna Cownie has started a new community playgroup called Noah's Ark Playgroup. Contributed

Parents and kids play together in new playgroup

A COMMUNITY playgroup where parents and children all interact and play together.

This is the vision of the mum behind the new Noah's Ark Playgroup in Gayndah starting next Friday.

Sharna Cownie, who moved to Gayndah about a year ago from the Gold Coast, said she had previously been to playgroups on the Coast where the kids just played with the kids while parents sat around drinking coffee.

"I'm determined to have a playgroup where parents and kids interact together,” she said.

Mrs Cownie hopes a real community springs up around the playgroup- where people do things together and host events.

Mrs Cownie said it was people who made a successful playgroup.

"It's the parents, the kids, how everything is put together, how people get along,” she said.

"It's about us putting aside our differences for the sake of the kids.”

The inaugural playgroup on Friday, May 3, will feature a teddy bear's picnic and a bike ride.

It was meant to be sooner, but Mrs Cownie had to postpone as her youngest of three children, five-week-old baby Henry, has been ill.

Mrs Cownie, a stay-at-home mum, said she had "always loved kids.”

She said playgroups were great for children but also for parents.

"I think it's wonderful parents want to get out with their kids and do things,” Mrs Cownie said.

She's also hoping to meet more people in the community and said that you could never have enough playgroups.

The new playgroup will be in the hall of St Matthew's Anglican Church Gayndah from 9am-noon. The cost is $6 and parents are asked to bring a plate for the teddy bear's picnic. Contact Sharna on 0484832943.


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