Supported Playgroups


COVID- 19 Update

We are excited that Supported Playgroups have returned face-to-face this year with COVID safe procedures in place.

If you would like more information on COVID across the Shire you can visit:: Coronavirus  

What is a Supported Playgroup?

  • A welcoming and safe place to connect with your child through play and fun
  • A supportive, inclusive and non-judgemental environment
  • Opportunity to make new friends and connect with your local community and services
  • Sessions run weekly during school terms and are led by a qualified facilitator
  • Each session includes morning or afternoon tea (fruit time)
  • Includes Small Talk  tips and strategies to support your child’s learning and development
  • In-home support is also available for eligible families
  • Cost:  Free

What is In-Home Support?

  • Individual sessions provided at your home or another suitable location
  • Opportunity to practice Small Talk  strategies together with the playgroup facilitator
  • Can be offered individually or alongside Supported Playgroup sessions
  • Cost:  Free

Eligibility Information

  • Families with children aged 0-5 years who hold a Health Care Card or another eligible card/visa
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and families
  • Families that have been referred or supported by Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Services
  • Families that have been referred or supported by Child FIRST/ Orange Door 

Join a Playgroup

To join a playgroup or receive in home support just complete the online form.

Join a playgroup

Service Providers:

Service providers can refer a client to the program through our simple online form.

Make a Referral

For Further Information

Please get in touch with the Shire's Education and Care team, phone: 5950 1099 or email:

Click here to view a video from the Department of Education about playgroups.

Links to Activities

Playgroups Victoria ‘Playgroup at Home’ Playgroup-at-home Facebook Communities

Play ideas for Babies Raising Children Network /babies/play-learning

Play ideas for Toddlers Raising Children Network /toddlers/play-learning

Play ideas for Preschoolers Raising Children Network /preschoolers/play-learning