A Zone is a number of Playgroups in a geographical area; in our case, we represent 19 playgroups (including some multi-session groups) in an area spanning from Harris Park to Nelsons Ridge.
The zone provides the vital link between individual playgroups and Playgroup NSW. We are here is maintain a support network for individual playgroups, by offering practical advise and assistance and by providing opportunities for members to interact and share resources together via meetings, fun-days, workshops and training sessions.
We assist in the establishment of new playgroups and help out when problems arise. We refer new and potential members to playgroups in their area and because we are locally based, can be tuned into the issues of the local area and organise guest speakers, write letters and address issues relevant to each local community.
The Zone is run by a group of volunteers who belong to playgroups in the zone. We have first hand experience of running our playgroups and can offer useful advise and assistance. We often have knowledge of the local community and the resources available.
The zone operates in a similar way to the playgroups in that a committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting held in August-September of each year. These volunteers take on the designated roles of Co-ordinator, Secretary and Treasurer. As with playgroups, decision making is the responsibility of all members of the zone who attend the meetings.
For this reason, a delegate from each playgroup should attend all zone meetings to ensure that the views of individual playgroups are represented. Any member of Playgroups NSW who attends a playgroup in our Zone can attend and participate in the Zone meetings and contribute to decision making. The voting at the Zone General meeting is restricted to one vote per attending member.
Benefits of belonging to a Zone