Passport to Play
Passport to Play is an interactive resource for children co-designed by local children to support their development and encourage play and creativity in their local neighbourhoods.
Play is a fundamental part of every child's development and leads to increased health and wellbeing, social cohesion, learning and development and community connection. This is particularly important as we begin to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
The resource features a range of artworks and comments from local children across the municipality, including a Leadership Group of children aged between 5 and 11 from Footscray Primary School, who provided feedback and comments on what play means to them, who they like to do it with, why it's important and how they like to play in their neighbourhood.
Workshops were also held throughout 2022 with local children to gather these comments, including at local libraries, community centres, playgroups, primary schools and childcare centres.
The Passport to Play resource aims to support play by identifying spaces, places and play ideas that children and families can enjoy together in the City of Maribyrnong. Children are the experts in play and are valued members of our community - they hold the passport to play.
How to access Passport to Play
Passport to Play is available to download electronically here(PDF, 14MB). To download a copy of the map on page 4 to view on it's own or use as a poster, click here(PDF, 5MB).
Copies of Passport to Play are being shared with children in primary school, early childhood education centres and playgroups across the municipality. Click here for more information.
Physical copies can also be collected in-person from 1 March 2023 at the below locations:
- Footscray Library: 56 Paisley Street, Footscray
- Braybrook Library: 107-109 Churchill Ave, Braybrook
- West Footscray Library: 539 Barkly Street, West Footscray
- Yarraville Library: 32 Wembley Ave, Yarraville
- Maribyrnong Library: 120 Rosamond Road, Maribrynong
- Maribyrnong Community Centre: 9 Randall Street, Maribyrnong
- Maidstone Community Centre: 21 Yardley Street, Maribyrnong
- Braybrook Community Hub: 107-109 Churchill Ave, Braybrook
- Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre: 1 Aquatic Drive, Maribyrnong
- RecWest Braybrook: 39 Lily Street, Braybrook
- RecWest West Footscray: Corner Essex and Market streets, West Footscray
Passport to Play was created by children for children. Throughout it's development, children, families and local organisations for children from across the municipality were part of the conversation, providing feedback and thoughts to help inform the resource.
Read more below about those involved in the process.
Kindergartens and Early Years Centres
Footscray Primary School, Footscray
Saint John's Primary School, Footscray
Saint Augustine's Primary School, Yarraville
Footscray City Primary School, Footscray
Christ the King's Primary School, Braybrook
Yarraville Special Development School, Yarraville
Maribyrnong Kindergarten, Maribyrnong
Saltwater Early Learning Centre, Footscray
Gowrie Clare Court, Yarraville
Maribyrnong River Childcare Centre, Maribyrnong
Bulldogs Community Children’s Centre, Footscray
Libraries and Community Centres
AVWA Vietnamese Playgroup, Maidstone Community Centre
VICSEG Indian Playgroup, Church of Christ, Footscray
Braybrook Maidstone Neighbourhood House Playgroup
Small Talk Supported Playgroup, Braybrook Hub
Play Connect Autism Playgroup, Braybrook Hub
Patrons and event attendees at:
- Maribyrnong Community Centre, Maribyrnong
- Toy Library, West Footscray
- Braybrook Library, Braybrook Community Hub
- West Fooscray Library, West Footscray
- Footscray Library, Footscray
This includes events such as Crafternoon, Baby Rhyme Time, Lego Club, Seniors Knitting Group and StoryTime.
Junior Rangers at Cruikshank Park
Outreach at Footscray Market and Plaza
Bulldogs Foundation Afterschool Program at Braybrook Community Hub
Maribyrnong Youth Advisory Committee at Phoenix Youth Hub
CoHealth at Highpoint Shopping Centre
Yarraville Festival, 27 March 2022, Woods Street Precinct, Yarraville
West Footscray Festivals of Colour, 20 March 2022, Barkly Village, West Footscray
Neighbourhood Fun in the Park, 21 March, Seelaf Square, Footscray
Children’s Week, 22-30 October 2022, various locations including:
- Footscray Library
- Yarraville Pop-Up Park
- Johnsons Reserve, West Footscray
- Yarraville Gardens
- Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
- Victoria University
- Koori Education
- West Footscray Neighbourhood House
- VICSEG New Futures
- Play Australia
- Coolaroo South Primary School
- Playground Ideas and Nüdel Kart
Thank you to all those involved in Passport to Play.
Tell us your thoughts
We invite your feedback about the Passport to Play resource via a short survey. Your input will help us learn how Passport to Play is working in the community, and the impact it has had on children, families, spaces and places.
Take the survey now
The Passport to Play project complies with the Child Safe Standards, and as the Maribyrnong City Council is a signatory to the Child Friendly Cities and Communities Charter, it is committed to helping children and families thrive.
For more information about the Passport to Play Project, email Early Years at email@example.com