Find out about playgroups in your area, how to join and how to start 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.
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.
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.
Come along to a supported playgroup and learn some great tips to enhance your child's early learning, find out about early childhood programs available in your area and meet and connect with other parents. We provide morning tea and lots of great play experiences for children to explore. Supported Plagroups are funded by the Department of Education & Training and deliver the smalltalk program which is an evidence-based program which aims to support parents and carers to foster their children's development.
Supported playgroups are held in Darley at the Darley Early Years Hub on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and in Ballan at Ballan Primary School on Wednesday mornings, during the school terms.
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. If you would like more information about our supported playgroups or you would like to come along contact us.