Somebody think of the mums! Why is the ABC moving Play School?

Much like the summer of 2015 when Clingwrap decided to change the cutter on their boxes, or back to 2016 when Arnott’s decided that they needed a “new and improved” version of their Shapes, dark days are upon us once again friends.

Prepare yourself for bad news 

Play School is moving its time slot from 9.30am to 9.00am starting Monday.

I know,
I will give you a moment to take it in.
Dark days indeed.

I have grown up with Play School. It was part of my own childhood and being the third kid out of four in our family, I’m sure I spent many a morning chucked in front of the telly in the early 80’s watching Play School and NO DOUBT it was at 9.30am.

Because that’s just how things are.

The sun rises and sets each day. My 2-year-old will lose her mind when I give her toast cut the wrong way EVEN THOUGH SHE JUST ASKED ME FOR TOAST CUT THAT VERY WAY. And Play School is on at 9.30am.

It’s just how things are.

It’s not just the nurturing of Australian preschool children’s minds

No, no, it’s so much more than that. It’s 26-28 minutes of uninterrupted time to get SHIT DONE. The school drop-off of the big kids is done, the takeaway coffee has been purchased and potentially consumed, and then you plonk the toddler in front of the telly with some cut up fruit (make sure it’s the right way mind you) and get stuff done. Or scroll through Instagram, whatevs. You can hang out washing, you can vacuum the house, and you can clean up breakfast and make beds, breastfeed smaller siblings. It’s the golden half hour where you know your kid will be happy (well my 3 have been at least), you can be happy that you are supporting our Australian TV industry and just as much as kids need routine in their lives, this is an important part of any Australian mum’s morning, which punctuates the end of the morning chaos, and the start of the day.

And now you say in a jingly ad with Teo and Alex that it’s moving? To 9am? JUST LIKE THAT.

Oh no you didn’t

Play School executives who no longer have toddlers, or any children at all, please rethink this. Such a change could shift the axis of our world as we know it. Yes, I know that the way we consume our TV has changed over the past few years in particular. My 2-year-old can get the iPad off the charger and open iView and get an ep up of Play School whenever she likes it, or I could tape it, BUT THAT’S NOT THE POINT.

As Australian as Vegemite on wrongly cut triangles of toast are, a 9.30am start time of Play School is just the way it is. It’s how we start our days, it’s how we get stuff done, nay! It’s more than that! It’s a clock. It’s how we can shower. The hygiene of mothers around the country depends on this 26-28 minute time slot! And a 9am start will throw it all out of whack. Life is hard enough, don’t you go changing on us too.

Et tu, Play School?

You can mess with Duggee, Sesame Street, whoever you like (OK maybe not Peppa or Bananas), but don’t mess with Play School. It’s not OK. It’s not broke. Don’t go fixing it.

Children need to sit. Mothers need to wash. And do stuff.

I look forward to seeing Teo and Big Ted telling us all sometime in the future that this was all a bad dream and indeed, things are back to normal. Am I right? Or am I right?!

Does anyone know why this madness occurs? What do you get done in your 9.30am Play School time?

Beth Macdonald blogs at BabyMac, read more of her work on her website or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

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