Lifestart's Open Play is a supported playtime and social activity for all children. Open Play provides an inclusive play environment for children and offers play experiences, support and an opportunity to meet other parents, Lifestart staff and exchange ideas.
These groups have operated across Lifestart branches and often have provided a soft entry for families seeking understanding of their child's diagnosis or if they have concerns about their child's development.
Open Play can reduce the sense of isolation that a family may feel when first navigating the disability landscape. Families are also able to access other activities offered by Lifestart or may be provided with referrals to other providers who may be able to offer support.
Open Play is a popular program for families who value the groups as they build and maintain relationships and friendships with other families as their child reaches different transition points in their life.
Open Play is a rewarding activity which provides children with the opportunity to participate in playtime activities and parents to network, share ideas and experiences, receive support and information from professionals.