Playgroup is a lightly structured, informal gathering where parents, carers, babies and children up to school age come together in a relaxed and friendly environment to connect, play and learn. Essentially, it is one of the first, and most important, social networks for children and families.
Sessions are usually held once a week and may involve craft activities, outdoor play and morning tea. Community playgroups are run by local parents on a voluntary, not-for-profit basis.
Playgroup NSW also operates facilitated playgroups and peer support groups for families with particular needs.
How does Playgroup benefit children?
- The goal of playgroup is to give children an opportunity to , socialise and connect with other children. Creative and unstructured learning through play is essential to children’s development, helping them explore and understand their world. Playgroup helps children develop their social skills, make friends and get ready for preschool and school. Read more about child development.
- Playgroup enables parents and carers to spend quality time with their children while creating their own social networks, making friends and sharing ideas and experiences.
- Playgroup creates stronger communities by bringing local families together and creating grass roots connections.
Types of playgroups
Playgroup NSW oversees the development and provision of playgroups in NSW ensuring that playgroups are inclusive and accessible to everyone.
In addition to hundreds of general playgroups that meet across NSW each week, there are numerous groups that satisfy more specific needs of parents and children. These include:
- Baby and first time parents’ groups
- Fathers’ groups
- Language specific groups for bilingual families
- Groups for families from culturally diverse backgrounds
- Montessori & Steiner groups
- Grandparents’ groups
- Groups for indigenous families
- Groups for families with a particular need or special interest in common
- Intergenerational groups which bring together seniors, children and their parents
- PlayConnect facilitated playgroups for children with autism
- Supported playgroups for families who may otherwise have difficulty accessing playgroups
- MyTime support groups for parents and carers of young children with a disability or chronic medical condition
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