What is a Playgroup?
Playgroup is an informal session where parents, carers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment.
Playgroups are set up and run by parents and carers, with children choosing from a range of activities set up to meet their varying needs. Activities at playgroup are either free or low cost, and may include:
- Music and singing
- Imaginative play
- Outdoor and free play
- Art and craft activities
In a playgroup, parents & carers stay to interact with the other adults and to play with the children.
Playgroup can be held anywhere that is safe for children and where groups of people can meet – community and neighbourhood centres, health clinics, women’s centres, preschools and kindergartens, church halls and even in someone’s house
No child is too young for playgroup. All children from 0-5 years, including babies, love new experiences and benefit from developing sensory, social and communication skills through activities at playgroup.
What is a Community Playgroup?
Community playgroups are volunteer run groups that operate within local communities. These groups are run by a dedicated committee who volunteer their time to organise groups. Community playgroups generally run from local halls, one morning a week for approx. 1.5 – 2 hours.
Community groups vary in dynamics and structure, with some being very relaxed and more of a social get together for parents/carers and children, to more formally structured sessions, such as Steiner playgroups. The main focus and principal of all groups is social interaction, confidence building and learning through play for both children and adults.
Community playgroups provide families with connectedness to their local community and information on what is happening in their local area. These groups are a way of forming lasting friendships for families.
For a full list of community playgroups in your area, go to Find a Playgroup.
What is a Supported Playgroup?
Unlike Community playgroups, Supported playgroups are structured and needs targeted to the particular group. For example supported groups may include groups such as Baby/new parent, postnatal depression, socially isolated, young parent, toddler, Autism, Mytime peer support etc.
These groups are facilitated by a paid Playgroup Consultant and funded by Federal Government. Activities and programing are tailored to meet the needs and requirements of the group. Supported playgroups provide an opportunity for specialists to visit the groups and provide specialist information and support.
While Supported playgroups are facilitated by a consultant these groups are still group led and all activities and programming is done in consultation with the group.
For a full list of Supported playgroups in your area click on Find a Playgroup.