In 1972 Rosemary Roebuck, a mother of two young children looking for friendship and support, invited a few local families to meet in her Balmain lounge room. Within months, 33 similar groups across NSW had affiliated under the banner of the Playgroup Association of NSW.
Today, more than 800 playgroups affiliated with Playgroup NSW hold around 1,000 playgroup sessions every week. This brings together over 15,000 children each week who benefit by attending playgroups with parents and carers.
Playgroup NSW, the peak body representing playgroups across NSW, is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting families and strengthening local communities through playgroups.
How we do it
Playgroup NSW exists because of the thousands of committed and enthusiastic members and volunteers who run local community playgroups, attend local playgroups and serve on playgroup committees and on Playgroup NSW’s Board of Management.
We also support families who are experiencing isolation or need support through our peer support programs and supported playgroups. These programs help us reach out to families who may otherwise miss out on the fantastic experience of playgroup.
Playgroup NSW is supported by State and Federal government funding, membership fees, one-off grants, fundraising activities throughout the year and through the sponsorship of corporate partners.
All additional funds raised go to local Playgroups, helping with the purchase of new equipment, venue hire, starter packs, as well as all the resources needed to help run a successful playgroup.
Playgroup is for you, me and everybody
There is a playgroup for everybody. There are community playgroups catering to a range of children from babies to school age, playgroups for socially isolated families, for disadvantaged families, Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse families. There are playgroups specifically for dads, for grandparents and for same-sex parent families. There are playgroups that provide peer support for families and grandparents of children with a disability. For more information, see What is Playgroup? and Our Programs.
To locate a Playgroup near you, visit Find a Playgroup.