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Babies at 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

Contact us to find a Community Playgroup near you


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?

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.


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?



  • 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


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