Playgroup Active Learning Sessions

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Welcome to PALS

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Playgroup Active Learning Sessions (PALS) are structured sessions within a playgroup setting. Currently held at Nedlands Playgroup during term time, we offer different sessions for different ages.

PALS for 2.5-5 year-olds is a school readiness programme created to help ease the transition into school. Little PALS is for our younger community members aged 0-2 and these are sensory sessions created to help infants' and young children’s brain development.

Both programmes have been developed by two primary school teachers, Maggie and Natalie using current pedagogy and recent research into both areas.

Please click on the images below to find out more about each of our programmes:

Who are we?

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Our names are Maggie Westbrook and Natalie Cloud. We have 7 children between us, but before we were mothers we were Primary School Teachers.

Natalie is a University of Cambridge graduate with a Master of Arts in Natural Sciences and Education, a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education with a specialism in Science. She taught for 7 years in a primary school in Twickenham, England before moving to Perth where she has spent time doing relief teaching, private tutoring, and a Masters in Education at UWA, whilst raising her three boys. She is an active member of Playgroup WA, currently running the Loreto Family Playgroup as well as being a committee member of Nedlands PG.

Maggie studied teaching in New South Wales after first studying Science and Journalism in Tasmania. She has taught across three states of Australia primarily in an Early Childhood setting, her areas of expertise include fundamental movement, occupational therapy for literacy, and STEM in the Early Years. She has been an active member of Playgroup WA since becoming a mum, running and programming sessions for her group.