Children's groups represent an alternative to institutional childcare facilities. They are set up and run by parents, who play an active and significant role in their activities. Group sizes usually vary from about six to 15 children, depending on their age, which means that each child can be given individual attention.
For these groups to work effectively, parents must play a significant role in organising and running the group, as well as in providing teaching and carrying out practical tasks, such as cooking for the children or repairing items/facilities.
The groups are funded through contributions from parents, public funds and, in some cases, childcare subsidy, especially for women looking to return to work.
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