Playgroup helps Azaleah build a foundation for learning

Play in the early stages of life is essential for children to reach their full potential. That is why Deandra brings her one-year-old daughter Azaleah to playgroup.

When Azaleah plays she is stimulating her brain. Good brain development early in life contributes to her ability to learn. This will impact how she learns for the rest of her life.

Playgroups like the one Azaleah attends have been set up and run by local mothers in four Warlpiri communities in the Northern Territory. They are part of the WETT Early Childhood Development project, a partnership between World Vision and the Warlpiri Education and Training Trust.

Deandra explains that playgroup is “good because they learn”. Deandra is very active in the playgroup and assists staff when they serve meals and helps out with art and craft activities.

The project, supported by World Vision donors like you through Linking Hands, also involves training for Indigenous workers and two-way learning of traditional knowledge and western ways for success in school.

Positive play for children like Azaleah means increased opportunity to achieve national standards of learning. Being school ready, staying in school and ultimately reaching educational levels of achievement can lead to a brighter future.

How you can help

World Vision partners with Indigenous communities in projects that tackle the causes of disadvantage and transform the lives of children and families. You can support initiatives like the Early Childhood Development project by making a donation to our Linking Hands program.