Playgroups

About playgroups

Playgroups provide parents and caregivers with the opportunity to meet new people, gain support and exchange parenting ideas. They allow babies, toddlers and preschools to socialise as they play and learn together.

All playgroups are different but the emphasis is on fun and friendship.

Joining a playgroup

You can find a playgroup in Moreland on Playgroup Victoria website.

You can also contact your Maternal and Child Health Nurse for new parent groups or playgroups in your area.

Starting a playgroup

All you need is a couple of friends and a place to meet.

There are many local venues that may be suitable for a playgroup including schools, churches, neighbourhood houses, kindergartens, community centres and other local community groups may have suitable space for you to use. Multicultural resources are available.

For a small fee per family per year, membership to Playgroup Victoria entitles your playgroup to public and personal liability insurance and a range of other support services.

Find out more about how to start a playgroup on Playgroup Victoria website.

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Supported playgroup

Council offers a number of supported playgroup sessions that are led by an experienced and trained facilitator.

Sessions are free to attend, and are aimed at helping parents to improve their child's learning and development while also building parent confidence.

SmallTalk is a program that runs as part of Council's supported playgroups, providing parents and carers with tips and ideas on how to help with their children's literacy, learning and developing at home. 

A different topic is covered each week.

Eligibility

To attend a free supported playgroup session families must:

  • hold a Health Care Card (from Centrelink) or equivalent visa
  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Straight Islander
  • be referred from Child FIRST, Child Protection or Enhanced Maternal Child Health

If you are interested in Supported Playgroup contact Council's Playgroup Team: