Find out about playgroups in your area, how to join and how to start a playgroup.
Quick facts about our playgroups
- 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
- They are a great way for families to meet other families while staying with their children
- They are informal and low cost
- Children learn and develop through play, make new friends, and have new experiences
How community playgroups work
Community playgroups are for parents and carers and their children aged from 0 - 5 years
Community playgroups are usually organised by parents, are low cost and provide families with the opportunity to meet other families and form friendships
Interested in setting up your own playgroup?
Smalltalk supported playgroups
Why not come along to a smalltalk supported playgroup? Smalltalk supported playgroups are funded by the Department of Education and Training. The program provides parents with strategies to enhance their child's home learning environment.
- Learn some great tips to enhance your child's early learning
- Find out about early childhood programs available in your area
- Meet and connect with other parents
- Morning tea and lots of great play experiences for children to explore
Some parents are also eligible for In-Home Support that involves a qualified facilitator visiting a family in their own home. Parents participating in In-Home Support may also attend a smalltalk supported playgroup.
During these home-based sessions, parents see practical examples of the smalltalk strategies, and can practice ideas with a qualified facilitator.
When and where?
- Weekly supported playgroups are held in Darley at the Darley Early Years Hub and Ballan at Ballan District Health & Care
- For session days and times information please email Council’s Family & Playgroup Support Officer
- Smalltalk supported playgroups are free and available to families with a health care card
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and children in kinship care arrangements
If you would like more information contact Council's Family & Playgroup Support Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.