Local Mum Gives Back, through Play
What started as a group of new mums’ catching up for a coffee and play date has turned into something much bigger – Messy Play.
Local resident and mum, Shareema Allen, is the founder of Messy Play Playgroup. Messy Play Playgroup is a Jordan Springs based playgroup backed by Playgroup NSW.
A typical session for Messy Play Playgroup involves children 0-5 years old, exploring, experimenting with different textures and materials. Children enjoy the opportunity to make a mess and to create their own masterpiece.
The importance of social interactions and texture play in the development of a child is paramount. Providing a social and educational environment through play-based activities, allows children to learn beneficial social and emotional skills that see them thrive right through to adulthood.
Shareema has been working in early childhood for the past 17 years. Her invaluable experience assists with developing programs that captivate and engage toddlers. She recently decided to stop working and focus on giving to her community, whilst caring for her children.
Shareema’s children have recently been diagnosed with a disability, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. This sees her spending countless hours at appointments including hydrotherapy, as well as speech and occupational therapy. Running Messy Play Playgroup has provided Shareema the opportunity to flexibly volunteer around her children’s needs.
“My passion is being able to provide an equal opportunity for children of all aspects and their families a chance to learn through play and to enjoy being a child” she said.
Messy Play is calling out for resources that will assist them with their fundraising needs. To find out more, visit facebook.com/messyplayplaygroup. If you would like to join Messy Play Playgroup, drop past the sessions held on Fridays at 10:00am, located at the Jordan Springs Community Hub, for more information.
We wish Shareema, Messy Play Playgroup and Playgroup NSW continued success with their wonderful program for local children.