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Types of membership

Family Membership

You may want to attend a playgroup a couple of times before deciding whether you want to visit regularly.  For this reason, families can attend two playgroup sessions without being a member. However, to continue participating at your local playgroup, you’ll need to become a member of Playgroup NSW.

A Playgroup NSW Family Membership covers up to five children and their parents and other caregivers. (including grandparents and nannies)

Family Membership allows any parent or carer (including grandparents and nannies) to visit playgroups with the child registered under the same membership.

Annual Family Membership Fees

  • NSW Family Membership costs $39
  • Playgroup NSW Family concession membership costs $20 and is available to healthcare card holders. 
  • Through our Play Baby initiative, we are offering the gift of FREE membership to families with a baby under 12 months old.

Your local playgroup may charge a small additional weekly session fee to cover the ongoing costs of craft, toys and venue hire.

Organisational Membership

Organisational Membership is for new and established playgroups looking to be affiliated with Playgroup NSW. Organisational members become part of the Playgroup NSW network, are promoted by the organisation and are sent referrals.

To find out more about applying for Organisational Membership contact us.

An annual Playgroup NSW Organisational Membership costs $250.

Organisational Family Membership

Organisational Family Membership expands upon Organisational Membership to also include insurance for all families attending the playgroup, a certificate of insurance currency, event discounts and the Playgroup NSW Information Pack and resources.

Playgroup attendees must be registered under a Family Membership. The playgroup can choose to cover the costs of Family Memberships or attendees can pay this separately.

An annual Playgroup NSW Organisational Family Membership costs $250 + $39 per family.

To find out more about applying for Organisational Membership, contact us.

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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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