Playgroups

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Babies at a playgroup

Playgroups are for babies, toddlers, preschool children and their parents, grandparents or carers. Playgroups meet regularly, usually for one to two hours, once a week and parents and carers stay at the playgroup with their children. Playgroups are a great way for families to meet and connect with other families in the community. They are informal and low cost and provide children with the opportunity to learn and develop through play, make new friends and have new experiences.

Contact us to find a Community Playgroup near you

Community Playgroups

Community playgroups are for parents and/or carers and their children aged from birth to five years. Community playgroups provide opportunities for children to engage in play activities with their parents and other children.

Community playgroups are usually organised by parents, are low cost and provide families with the opportunity to meet other families and form friendships. Parents can also learn from other parents about services available to them in the local area.

To start your own community playgroup, you will need to find a venue, source some play resources and find families to attend. We can assist you with this. Contact us for advice and support. Playgroup Victoria also has a number of resources to assist with starting or finding a playgroup in your area.

Supported Playgroups

Supported playgroups are playgroups for parents and/or carers and their children aged from birth to five years. Supported playgroups are funded by the Department of Education and Training and are facilitated groups that provide play experiences for children and opportunities for families to learn about local services, meet with other parents for emotional support and friendship and to build social support networks in their community.

Our Supported Playgroups are free playgroups and available to families with a health care card, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and children in kinship care arrangements. Facilitators deliver the 'smalltalk' program which is an evidence-based program which aims to support parents and carers to foster their children's development.

We currently provide three supported playgroups in Moorabool. If you would like more information about our supported playgroups or you would like to come along, contact us

Ballan Supported Playgroup

This playgroup meets on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am until 11.30am during the school terms at Ballan Primary School, Duncan Street, Ballan.

Kinship Care Supported Playgroup

The Little Owls Kinship Care Playgroup is for kinship carers and grandparents and meets on Monday mornings from 10.00am until 12.00pm during the school terms at the Darley Early Years Hub,  182 Halletts Way Darley.

Bacchus Marsh Supported Playgroup

This playgroup meets on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am until 11.30am during the school terms at Bacchus Marsh Primary School, Lerderderg Street, Bacchus Marsh.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I start a community playgroup?

    To start your own community playgroup, you will need to find a venue, source some play resources and find families to attend. We can assist you with this, Contact Us for advice and support. Playgroup Victoria also have a number of resources to assist with starting or finding a playgroup in your area.

Last Updated:

Wednesday, 25 May, 2016 - 14:47