- An opportunity for parents, grandparents, caregivers and children aged 0 to school age to come together in a safe, relaxed environment, anywhere where groups of people can meet.
- A low cost, effective way to introduce children to play, have fun, make friends and develop new skills through play.
- Parents the opportunity to meet other parents, play with their children and become involved in their community.
Playgroups lay the foundation for children to:
- Have a strong sense of identity
- Connect with and contribute to their world
- Have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Become confident and involved learners
- Be effective communicators
Why go to a Playgroup?
Participation in playgroup can benefit children, adults and the community. Children under five years go through a stage of rapid brain and skill development. Children thrive when exposed to positive early childhood experiences that foster their intellectual, social and emotional development in the early years.
Playgroups in Darebin
Each playgroup is unique offering a wide range of choice to families in the community. Most of the groups are community playgroups which are self-managed by the parents and/or caregivers who attend the playgroup.
Find a Playgroup in Darebin
Playgroups provide opportunities for families with young children (aged 0-5) to meet new people, and build on their children's social, physical and cognitive development by learning through play. For a list of local playgroups visit the Community Playgroups in Darebin Database.
Ph: 8470 8347
Supported playgroups run during the week at various venues across Darebin during school terms. They are facilitated by qualified staff and are for parents of children aged 0-4 years. By taking part in Supported Playgroup (funded by the Department of Education and Training) you and your child will benefit by:
- Learning new ideas for your child's learning and development
- Giving your child a chance to play with other children
- Meeting other parents and carers
Supported Playgroups Flyer 2018
For more information on locations, session times and eligibility contact:
Family and Community Programs
Ph: 8470 8920
Lets Play Sessions
Participation in play gives children the opportunity to learn, develop and grow. We will be offering a number of free Let's Play sessions at the Thornbury Early Years Centre and Keon Park Children's Hub throughout the year and families with children aged 0-4 are welcome to attend.
No Booking required, however, for safety and enjoyment of families participating a maximum of 15 families for Thornbury Early Years Centre and a maximum of 20 families for Keon Park Children's Hub can attend each session.
Let's Play Session Thornbury Early Years Flyer
Let's Play Session Keon Park Children's Hub Flyer
Drop in Play for Kids and Dads Sessions (Saturdays)
In partnership with Children's Protection Society, we will be running four play sessions for fathers/male carers with young children aged 0-5. The play sessions will provide lots of opportunities to have quality play time with your child and will finish with some songs and a story.
No Booking required, however, for safety and enjoyment of families participating, a maximum of 15 families can attend each session.
Drop in Play for Kids and Dads Flyer
Play is so important for children’s health, wellbeing, learning and development. These maps are a celebration of simple, inexpensive ideas to get all children playing, while exploring all the wonderful places and spaces Darebin has to offer.
We reached out to the children and families in playgroups, child care centres, kindergartens and Primary Schools across Darebin to ask them what they enjoyed when and where they play. These consultations formed the backbone to creating the Darebin Play Maps.
The Play Maps are designed to be used by children and families to stimulate ideas, give prompts and mark out the local spaces that children love to play in. While every effort has been made to make sure the play suggestions are appropriate, families need to use their own common sense and boundaries to ensure that their children are safe.
Alphington & Fairfield Play Map
Kingsbury Play Map
Preston Play Map
Preston East Play Map
Preston South & Thornbury Play Map
Reservoir East Play Map
Reservoir West Play Map