Plea to save Talycopa School playgroup in Llansamlet from closure
PARENTS are appealing for more members to join them at a community playgroup in order to avoid closure.
Talycopa School playgroup in Heol Hafdy Road, Llansamlet, was set up four weeks ago by playgroup leader Amanda Arnold.
But now she said the group needed more parents to join to help keep it running.
Amanda said: “We encourage parents to stay with their children and interact with others.
“That way it creates a more relaxed atmosphere.
“Children from birth right up to the age of three can pop along and join in the fun.”
Amanda said currently the playgroup had four parents and children attending.
She said: “My hope is for more parents to attend and then take it over.
“I want it to be parent led and for them to get the group up and running to enjoy.
“Hopefully then the children will make good friendships and hopefully go to the main school after.
“If they have already made friends at the playgroup, their first day at school will not be as daunting.
“We really hope the group doesn’t have to close.
“If more members do not join, it will be hard to stay open and not worth it with just one or two children going along.
“We just need to get it up and running so more children can enjoy the fun activities we have here."£
Kristina Christansen and her 14-month-old daughter Skylar Christansen have been attending the playgroup since it started.
Kristina said: “I started taking Skylar to playgroup as we wanted to get her interacting with other children.
“She absolutely loves coming here every week and always has a big smile on her face while she is at the playgroup.
“We do lots of different activities including arts and crafts, dressing up dolls and listening to stories.
“We go every week and think it is fantastic for parents in this area to use.
“Going to playgroup has helped Skylar develop even in this short time and it is so much better for her rather than being stuck inside in front of a TV.
“There are so many activities and toys for the children and it is a great chance to meet other local parents.
“We would be devastated if it closed.”
The playgroup at Talycopa School runs every Tuesday from 1.30pm until 3pm and refreshments are provided.
For more information, call 01792 793660.