A playgroup is a group of mums, dads, grandparents or carers and their 0-5 year old children. At playgroup, families enjoy playing, socialising and learning by usually meeting once a week for two hours at a park, home or children’s centre.
Most playgroups are parent-run and called Community Playgroups. Community Playgroups are usually low cost and informal. There are also playgroups called Supported Playgroups that are free and have an experienced facilitator who offers play and parenting support. Supported Playgroups often have a specific audience focus, eg. young mums or multicultural.
The first three years of a child’s life is a critical period in brain development. Research shows positive, consistent and warm relationships with children at this age will produce the best opportunities for a child to grow and reach their potential. Playgroups help families to develop and strengthen these relationships.
The Playgroup Brochure below is about playgroup, costs and benefits for children and adults.
The Playgroup Brochure in Community Languages below describes what is playgroup in 12 languages. The languages are Amharic, Arabic, Chin, Chinese, Dinka, English, Karen, Macedonian, Somali, Sudanese Tigrinan, Turkish and Vietnamese.