A playgroup is a group of parents, caregivers and extended family who come together with their babies and young children to spend time together. Playgroups are often held in community settings such as a church hall or local council venue. Most playgroups have toys, bikes and craft supplies for the children and tea and coffee and some welcome company for the adults.
They are a safe space to talk with other families, swap experiences and gain confidence in your own parenting skills.
Other great early years programs such as Launch into Learning, focus on involving parents and carers in school-based learning and are a great complement to playgroup.
There is lots of great research supporting the playgroup approach.
"Attending Playgroup provides a much-needed social connection for me as a stay-at-home parent and for my daughter as an only child, benefiting both my mental health and her social development."