A STEADY south-westerly breeze had brightly-coloured paper streamers streaming sideways in the playground at Sagasser Park in Toora last Thursday December 16, 2021 during The Hub members’ Christmas gathering.
Parents, grandparents, carers, and children of assorted ages, together with The Hub co-ordinator Louisa Vale assembled in the park for a festive morning tea that was really more like a feast, complete with filled croissants, salad wraps, and little cakes.
The Hub group usually meets at the Toora Primary School every Thursday between 9 am and 11 am during term time, offering early childhood education and lots of fun for pre-schoolers, and support and the chance to learn for grown-ups.
Louisa said The Hub first began in 2018 at the Toora school campus and its program and activities are very much like those at the Our Place school in Doveton, which uses a holistic model, providing a one-stop shop for supports for families.
“All parents deserve a chance to connect, recharge and stretch their brains!” she said.
“The Hub welcomes everyone looking after young children who would like to meet people who are in similar circumstances and who are keen to learn something new themselves.
“Coming along to The Hub can be the first step towards returning to study or work, or to simply achieve something different from the usual day-to-day stuff.
“This year we have covered topics as diverse as financial wellbeing, managing screen time, vaccinations, mental health during COVID, and healthy school lunches!” Louisa said.
“We believe that intergenerational learning promotes families valuing their engagement with school, and because they’re on site at the same time, children see their parents engaging in learning, which is a form of modelled behaviour.
“Our program is supported largely by the Felton Bequest; a philanthropic group who values community engagement for vulnerable families,” she said.
“All of us who are involved in The Hub want to congratulate Caitlynne, who is our first pre-schooler to graduate to Preps in 2022!”
For more information about The Hub, based at the Toora Primary School during school terms, contact Manna Gum Community House in Foster on 5682 1101.