- 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.
Community Playgroups in Darebin
There are a range of Community Playgroups offered in Darebin. The aim of these playgroups is to 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 further information about Community Playgroups in Darebin, please go to the Community Playgroups in Darebin Database. You can also contact the Playgroup Officer on 8470 8347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Supported Playgroups (formerly known as smalltalk Playgroup)
Supported Playgroups are facilitated by qualified staff and are for parents of children aged 0-4 years.
By taking part in Supported Playgroup 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 run during the week at various venues across Darebin. Supported Playgroups are funded by the Department of Education and Training.
For more information on locations, session times and eligibility contact:
Family Support Services on
Ph: (03) 8470 8920
Supported Playgroups Flyer 2018
Lets Play! Sessions
Participation in play gives children the opportunity to learn, develop and grow.
Darebin City Council 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 in Let's Play!, 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. Please use the link below for more information.
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, Darebin City Council 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 in Drop in Play for Kids and Dads, a maximum of 15 families can attend each session.
Drop in Play for Kids and Dads flyer
Kingsbury Play Map
This map was developed as part of the Kingsbury Play Map Project, led by artist and play specialist, Cat Sewell, as part of the Darebin Arts Partnership Initiative.
Children from local playgroups, kindergarten and schools were consulted as to where and what they like to play in their local area.
The project aims to bring the simple joys of play into the limelight, and to bring communities closer together through stories and memories of play.
Click here for the Kingsbury Play Map.
Lead Artist - Cat Sewell
Graphic Design - Tricia Brady
Sound Artists - Zoë Barry & Corey McGregor
Video Artists - Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore & Andrew Fraser
City of Darebin partner - Linda Harman