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Our Team

Our team is made up of qualified and skilled people who are passionate about early childhood development, supporting families and building communities. Our leadership, management, operational and program teams are highly experienced and driven by the values of respect, integrity and openness.

At Playgroup NSW our people are at the heart of what we do. We pride ourselves on our inclusive and engaged organisational culture. We value work-life balance, are family-friendly, flexible and inclusive, which makes us an employer of choice.

Chief Executive Officer

Karen Bevan

Karen has been a strong advocate and campaigner for the rights and wellbeing of children for more than 20 years.

Prior to joining Playgroup NSW as CEO in May 2014, Karen led research and policy at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Before that, she led advocacy, policy, research and service development initiatives at UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families as Director - Social Justice.

She is currently President of the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) and has served on the board since 2009. In 2013, Karen was selected as the first recipient of the McCarthy Mentoring Scholarship for Not for Profit Executives.

Selected as a 2016 Not for Profit fellow by the Harvard Club of Australia, Karen completed “Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management” course at the renowned Harvard Business School in Boston.

Karen is passionate about the role of playgroup in making a real difference for children, families and communities. Local, state and national print, radio and TV news and current affairs programs have interviewed her extensively. Karen is also recognised for her commitment and work with relevant stakeholders to further the cause of children’s rights in Australia and internationally. 

Our Extended Team

Our experienced and dedicated team is comprised of staff based at the Playgroup NSW headquarters in Rosehill, and our local community development and playgroup support staff located across NSW.

Supporting current and prospective Playgroup NSW members to help them establish and manage community or supported playgroups is the major focus for the majority of our team. This includes providing information and guidance to playgroups, facilitating our supported playgroup sessions and promoting early childhood development with families and professionals.

Our focus and leadership is built around quality service delivery and sees our staffing resources focused firmly on playgroup development, excellence in service delivery, member support and engagement, and continuing our business and digital transformation.

Our organisation is structured into four key areas:

  • Corporate Services
  • Programs and Quality
  • Communication and Marketing
  • Business Development

Playgroup NSW also relies on the generosity and passion of our wonderful volunteers. Our community playgroups are run by volunteer committees who dedicate their time to ensure their local playgroup thrives.

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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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