Early childhood is an important time for mental health as it impacts on future physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as relationships and educational success (Hunter Institute of Mental Health, 2014).

Given this critical time of development, PLC has launched Lighthouse Beginners (0-5 years) to support child wellbeing and develop critical skills from the earliest opportunity.

Lighthouse Beginners is open to all community members.

The Lighthouse Beginners programme provides a number of classes for children aged 0-5 from music, dance and art to fitness, delivered by specially trained early years practitioners.

The programme also provides parent workshops on a range of topics such as parenting, child development and mental health, specifically related to this age group.

Find out more about Lighthouse Beginners programmes below.

View the Lighthouse Beginners timetable.

  • Music

    Music Heart for babies (6-17 months) | Freesia Music 

    Music Heart focuses on creating a heart for music in young children. Children learn musical concepts through active engagement in masterworks and music from around the world. They dance to music, sing songs, play games, say rhymes, play percussion instruments, learn concepts like Allegro (fast) and Largo (slow), listen to famous composers’ music, familiarise themselves with music notation and so much more. Music Heart uses the Kodály method of teaching which seamlessly continues through to music education at the PLC Junior School. 

    • Parent/carer attends with child
    • Class time: 60 minutes (45 minutes plus 15 minutes music play)
    • Group size: 10
    • Cost: for nine weeks $115
    • Classes: Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3
    • Location: Ground Floor, PLC Lighthouse (McNeil Street, Peppermint Grove)

    To book:

    1. Click the "Book Now" link below.
    2. Select the class from the session list at the bottom of the page.
    3. You'll be directed to TryBooking.
    4. Select the number of children you wish to book for.
    5. Complete the online booking form.

    If you have any queries, please contact Pippa at chapman.pn@gmail.com

    9.00 am – 10.00 am
    Tuesdays

    Music Heart for toddlers and carers (17 months - 4 years) | Freesia Music

    Music Heart focuses on creating a heart for music in young children. Children learn musical concepts through active engagement in masterworks and music from around the world. They dance to music, sing songs, play games, say rhymes, play percussion instruments, learn concepts like Allegro (fast) and Largo (slow), listen to famous composers’ music, familiarise themselves with music notation and so much more. Music Heart uses the Kodály method of teaching which seamlessly continues through to music education at the PLC Junior School.

    • Parent/carer attends with child
    • Class time: 60 minutes
    • Group size: 10 
    • Cost: for nine weeks $200 
    • Classes: Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3
    • Location: Ground Floor, PLC Lighthouse (McNeil Street, Peppermint Grove)

    To book:

    1. Click the "Book Now" link below.
    2. Select the class from the session list at the bottom of the page.
    3. You'll be directed to TryBooking.
    4. Select the number of children you wish to book for.
    5. Complete the online booking form.

    If you have any queries, please contact Pippa at chapman.pn@gmail.com

    10.15 am – 11.15 am
    Tuesdays

  • Fitness

    Active Kids (2-4 years) | O2 Active

    Following national guidelines for fitness in young children, Active Kids will cover a wide variety of activities including ballet, yoga, jazz dance, karate, acrobatics and fitness. This programme has the goal of encouraging a love of movement and fitness and develops how young children’s bodies reacts to active play, team work, musicality, rhythm, and expressive movement.

    • Parent/carer attends with child
    • Clothing: No uniforms or costumes are required, just comfortable clothes they can easily move in.
    • Class time: 45 minutes
    • Group size: minimum 15
    • Cost: for ten weeks $150
    • Classes: Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11
    • Location: Ground Floor, PLC Lighthouse (McNeil Street, Peppermint Grove)

    To book

    1. Click the 'Book Now' link  below.
    2. Create an account (using your PLC email address for students and staff).
    3. The PLC Lighthouse courses are under the “Enrolments” tab.
    4. Select your enrolment and click “Sign up now”.
    5. Make a reservation by clicking “Enroll”.
    6. Select “Checkout”.
    7. Enter credit card details and “Place Order”.

    If you have any queries, please contact caitlin@o2active.com.au.

    9.00 am – 9.45 am
    Wednesdays

  • Art and Play

    Petite Artists (18 months – 3 years) | PLAYworks

    In our busy lives, it is sometimes hard to find time to direct your attention solely to your child. Petite Artists is an hour a week where you can. It is a special session that supports a shared experience between parent/carer and child through creative expression. Each Petite Artists session also includes music, movement, Montessori-inspired activities and sensory invitations to play.

    • Parent/Carer attends with child
    • Class time: 90 minutes
    • Group size: 8 
    • Cost: $215 for eight weeks
    • Classes: Thursdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5
    • Location: Ground Floor, PLC Lighthouse (McNeil Street, Peppermint Grove)

    To book:

    1. Click the "Book Now" link below.
    2. Select PLC Lighthouse from the side menu.
    3. Find the class you would like to book and click "BOOK".
    4. Complete the online booking form.

    If you have any queries, please contact Sherrise at admin@myplayworks.com

    9.30 am – 10.45 am
    Thursdays

    Creative Art Explorers (3-5 years) | PLAYworks

    An art class designed especially for Kindergarten-aged children. Using different mediums and themes each week, we explore colour, texture, paint and sculpture. With a mix of nature, animal studies, children's stories and your child's interests we go on an artistic journey to create our own masterpieces.

    • Parents welcome, but not required to attend
    • Class time: 75 minutes
    • Group size: 8
    • Cost: $215 for eight weeks
    • Classes: Thursdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5
    • Location: Ground Floor, PLC Lighthouse (McNeil Street, Peppermint Grove)

    To book:

    1. Click the "Book Now" link below.
    2. Select PLC Lighthouse from the side menu.
    3. Find the class you would like to book and click "BOOK".
    4. Complete the online booking form.

    If you have any queries, please contact Sherrise at admin@myplayworks.com

    11.15 am – 12.15 pm
    Thursdays

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