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  • Playgroup NSW

    Mon 11-Jul-16

    The Harvard Club of Australia (HCA) has selected Karen Bevan, Playgroup NSW CEO as one of their 2016 Not for Profit fellows. She has earned a scholarship to travel in July to the renowned Harvard Business School to complete the course “Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management”. 
  • The Daily Advertiser - Wagga Wagga

    Tue 05-Jul-16

    Children got into the spirit of NAIDOC Week at the Tolland Community Centre as a new playgroup  – Yalbilinya, Girinya, Buwanha, which is Wiradjuri for learn, play, grow – opened its doors on Monday.   
  • Playgroup NSW

    Wed 29-Jun-16

    For the children at our Aboriginal playgroups, NAIDOC is not only a week full of fun activities; it is a whole learning experience. They get to talk to Elders, eat traditional foods, do traditional art, and hear the dreamtime stories. They learn so much in NAIDOC week about their own families and culture and get to hear from other Aboriginal nations about their stories.  Playgroup NSW recognises the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made to our culture, as the First Nations of this land, and we join with our Aboriginal playgroup families across NSW to celebrate.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Wed 01-Jun-16

    After six years at Deniliquin Playgroup, mother of three, Lauren Kelly reflects on how she first got involved with her local playgroup and then became an active volunteer. 

  • Playgroup NSW

    Wed 01-Jun-16

    When Annette Ruhotas had her daughter Georgia in 2012, she started up a new playgroup session with Oatley West Playgroup. Annette is now the overall Coordinator of the playgroup and attends with her newborn son, Nicholas.  We had a chat with Annette to find out what prompted her to become a volunteer with her local playgroup and what she has enjoyed about volunteering. 

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Why start a playgroup?

  • You would like to transition a mother’s group or new parent’s group to a playgroup

If your local mother’s or new parent’s group is interested in continuing to meet as your children get older, forming a playgroup is a great option.

Often parents will find it difficult to continue to meet at cafes or in similar environments once children are older and more active. Playgroup provides a dedicated space for children to play, allowing parents to continue to connect.

  • There is no local playgroup

If you don’t have a playgroup close to home, why not consider starting one? Not only is this more convenient for local parents, it also helps bring communities together.

  • You would like to focus on a language, culture or particular interest

Playgroup NSW provides a range of special interest playgroups including culturally specific playgroups, grandparent’s playgroups, LGBTI playgroups and disability-focused playgroups. If you’re looking for a playgroup with a special interest or focus, we can help you start one.

Interested in starting a playgroup? Playgroup NSW can help you get started.

There are 10 steps involved in starting a playgroup:

  1. Find interested families
  2. Identify the playgroup’s purpose
  3. Select a day of the week and time
  4. Choose an appropriate location
  5. Identify play activities
  6. Select toys and equipment
  7. Establish policies and guidelines
  8. Join Playgroup NSW
  9. Identify costs
  10. Get started!

To read more about each of these steps, read our guide on How to Start a Playgroup.

Playgroup NSW are here to help you at all stages of the process

Playgroup NSW offers a membership package with insurance coverage designed specifically for playgroups.

Contact us if you:

  • Want to start a playgroup
  • Want to affiliate an existing playgroup with Playgroup NSW
  • Already run a playgroup that has adequate insurance coverage and would like to access some of the services provided by Playgroup NSW

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