The first term of our inclusive bush playgroup Bush Buddies in 2024 has been lots of fun! Nine families, with a total of of 14 children, attended each session in term 1 and enjoyed a total of 18 hours of service and connection in a beautiful bush setting. 

We have seen beautiful baby bumps grow before us and had the pleasure of meeting these bumps-turned-to-babies when they joined us in this world. We’ve welcomed mums and dads and older siblings to Bush Buddies. Through connecting at Bush Buddies, our staff have supported a family through their application for early intervention support for their two children and seen others begin working with allied health services. We have supported open discussion between the group, sharing freely without shame or judgement. We have had a local occupational therapist attend the playgroup, as well as a Yarra Ranges Council representative with the aim of connecting people with services that may support them.

Together we have run, skipped, jumped, poured, splashed, balanced, crashed, chased kites, painted, moulded, drawn, chopped, stirred, stewed, cooked fritters, sipped warm hot chocolates, read, sung and signed our way through another term and look forward to the next.

Thank you to the families and children who have been so willing to play, engage, get messy and enjoy each other’s company. To learn more about Bush Buddies, click here.

We are grateful to have the support of Interchange Network for this fantastic program.