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Community Playgroups

Community Playgroups comprise the majority of playgroups affiliated with Playgroup NSW. These groups cater to a range of children from babies to school age. In addition to hundreds of these general playgroups that meet across NSW each week, there are numerous types of groups that satisfy more specific needs of parents and children ranging from groups specifically for families with babies to first-time mothers, fathers and more.

Baby and first time parents groups

Changes happen quickly as your baby grows and develops. Recent research indicates that your baby's first three years are vital for brain development and future health and wellbeing. Babies need a stimulating environment to play and learn.

Playgroups offer babies a wide variety of early learning experiences, as well as giving parents and carers a chance to discuss ideas, problems and the joys and frustrations of parenting. Download Discover Baby Playgroup brochure.

To join an existing baby playgroup, or if you are part of a Mother's group and would like to start your own baby playgroup in your local area, contact us.

Language and culture-specific playgroups

Playgroup NSW has a long tradition of supporting culturally and linguistically diverse families through introducing language and culture specific playgroup experiences.

Playgroup NSW has information about playgroup available in these languages:

Intergenerational playgroups

Intergenerational playgroups bring together three generations – seniors, children and their parents. Interacting with seniors adds a new dimension to the playgroup experience for children, and can be especially enriching for children who don’t have access or time with their grandparents. Often located in aged care environments, these playgroups are a joyful celebration of celebration between multiple generations.

PlayConnect playgroups for families with children with autism

PlayConnect playgroups are facilitated groups specifically for children aged 0-6 years with autism like behaviours and their families.

PlayConnect creates a peer support environment for families and provides play experiences that responsive to the needs of children with autism.

PlayConnect welcomes families unable to access other autism specific services if they are waiting on a diagnosis or do not fully meet the criteria for diagnosis.

PlayConnect provides an opportunity to create support networks, share experiences and get assistance to navigate autism support services. Siblings of children with autism are also welcome to attend PlayConnect playgroups. PlayConnect is funded by the Australian Government.

Download PlayConnect Playgroups brochure.

MyTime support groups for parents with a child who has a disability or chronic health condition

MyTime groups provide local support to anyone caring for a child up to age 16 with a disability or chronic medical condition.

MyTime gives parents the chance to socialise and share ideas with others who understand the rewards and intensity of their caring role. Parents can meet with people in similar circumstances to have fun, share stories and find out about available community support. Research-based parenting information is available at group meetings.

Each group has a play helper who can lead children in activities such as singing, drawing, playing with toys, blocks or sand so parents can spend time focusing on catching up with others.

MyTime is operated nationally by the Parenting Research Centre and funded by the Australian Government. Playgroup NSW is a co-ordinating partner for MyTime in NSW.

Download MyTime Support Group brochure. Visit the MyTime national website 

Supported playgroups

Supported playgroups provide opportunities for parents and children who are experiencing isolation or need support to access a positive, facilitated playgroup experience. At supported playgroups parents/carers and children enhance their relationship in a supportive environment, increase their skills and confidence, and develop valuable social and family support networks.

Supported playgroups aim to empower families to support young children's development through participation in a variety of developmentally appropriate play experiences and activities. Supported playgroups are led by qualified early childhood educators and allow families to experience a range of new activities and experiences.

Our supported playgroups are funded by the Australian Government under a range of funding schemes. Some particular groups we support in these programs are:

  • Families from a range of cultural and language backgrounds, particularly new arrivals or those experiencing social isolation
  • Indigenous families
  • Families experiencing mental health or disability issues
  • Young parent families
  • Families who are socially isolated or experiencing disadvantage

To find out more about supported playgroups contact us.

Rainbow playgroups

Rainbow playgroups create inclusive, supportive and positive playgroup experiences for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) parents and carers. Rainbow playgroups can provide peer support networks, create opportunities for parents to share ideas and experiences while children meet others and play.

Contact us to find out more about Rainbow playgroups.

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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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