You may be wondering just how important socialising really is for small children and if they get enough social contact at home. The truth is that many of the traits we notice later in life such as your sense of humour, humility and kindness all start developing from young ages. That is why it is so important to get children into safe environments where they can feel free to express themselves and also learn how to interact with other kids and from figures of authority that are not just their parents. Finding these places can be hard, so here are a few different options to get started with.
Child Care Centre
The easiest to find and perhaps the most readily available option across Australia is the child care centre. Here, children of similar ages play games, try arts and craft, read and listen to stories and generally enjoy the day in the company of others. The day is structured which gives the children a strong foundation of what to expect (trust and consistency are very important) and also lets them make friends possibly for the first time in their life. A child care centre also allows you some much needed free time and could even allow you to go back to work if you are so inclined.
You may be thinking that your child is too young to try out a sport, but many sporting programs offer introductory trials for the very young to try out and see if they enjoy it. Rugby league, softball, soccer and American football all have some variations of these programs that are built for children and minimise all the risks involved. As summer approaches, some cricket teams also runs a great program where kids can run around and try out throwing, hand-eye coordination and even some basic batting with plastic bats. You can get your kids active and give them a chance to make new friends; it's a win-win.
Obviously, mothers groups are more aimed at the mums of small children, but generally, they are also good places for kids to meet each other as well. This can be good preparation before enrolling your child into a child care centre so that you can see how they act around others and be there to provide moral support. There are many mothers groups across Australia that focus on everything from hiking to reading. Don't worry, dads, because there are lots of groups for you to get involved with, too.