Grant gives Bealiba’s Mini Pumas a great start

A small group in Bealiba has successfully applied for funds to continue providing a playgroup for local kids.

Bealiba’s Mini Pumas is amongst 59 recipients of funding under the Great Start Community Playgroup Grants Program.

The Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said funding is provided to help small community playgroups with help for set-up fees and also stock up on toys, play equipment, books and other resources that can be used by families.

Ms Pulford said Mini Pumas will receive resources and mentoring support for their newly established community playgroup, valued at up to $1,000.

“Mini Pumas is a playgroup formed by mothers and fathers in Bealiba to bring local children together each Friday for a range of activities like crafts, baking and general fun,” Ms Pulford said.

“The group regularly joins the students at Bealiba Primary School, which has become a useful interaction between children of different ages,” she said.

“The $50,000 fund supports the establishment of community playgroups across the state and families in rural and regional areas and in places where there are no existing playgroups were encouraged to apply,” Ms Pulford said.

“Playgroups like Mini Pumas help new parents connect with one another, enabling them to learn from and support each other as their children grow,” she said.

 “The Andrews Labor Government is helping more parents across Victoria access community playgroups closer to home and we all know early childhood services make a big difference to children’s lives,” Ms Pulford said.

The Great Start Community Playgroup Fund is administered by Playgroup Victoria.